Application of Statistical Distribution Theory to Launch-on-Time for Space Construction Logistic Support
The Center for Space Construction (CSC) has acquired historical launch vehicle data for analyzing space launch vehicle logistic support of space construction. This analysis will include...

Columbus Generic Element Management Concept
The concept for largely autonomous onboard management of the ESA Columbus project elements relies on the automation of operational procedures. Reconfigurable items are commanded in sequence...

New Technologies for Unmanned Space Exploration
There could be no better time than now for the development and implementation of new technologies such as V.L.S.I. and optoeraseable storage. Creative inventions from new mathematical...

Variable Gravity Research Facility: A Concept
One of the most exciting missions NASA is currently studying is a human mission to Mars. Mission scenarios range from 20 day surface expeditions to permanent human bases on the martian...

An Astronaut Positioning System for Space Station Assembly and Maintenance Support
Large space structures require special systems to support assembly, operations, and maintenance. These systems must be designed to support many tasks throughout the life of the space facility....

The Optimum Dimensions of Radiative Spines
Radiative pin fins (spines) are important in conjunction with heat rejection systems for space applications. In the design of radiators for space applications, spines possessing minimum...

LOUISA: A Lunar Optical-Ultraviolet-Infrared Synthesis Array

Telerobotic Capabilities for Space Station Operations
Over the past decade, the M.I.T. Space Systems Laboratory has accumulated an extensive data base on space operations typical of those planned for the Space Station, based on integrated...

Design of Aircraft Wings Subjected to Gust Loads: A System Reliability Approach
A method for system reliability based design of aircraft wings is presented. A wing of a light commuter aircraft designed according to the FAA regulations is compared with one designed...

Alternatives for the U.S. Manned Space Program
There are a number of directions the U.S. space program could take. Should a space station be built? Should a lunar outpost be constructed? Should the U.S. plan a manned trip to Mars?...

National Aero-Space Plane Pioneering New Frontiers
Paper reviews the current status, technology and potential future space launch applications of the joint DOD/NASA National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) program. Key program goals include first...

Original Formulation of the Finite Element Method
Following a brief summary of the 1952 state of the art of structural analysis, the paper describes the circumstances that led to the formulation of the finite element method by members...

Interactive Aircraft Section Calculations for Drag
Large interactive computer programs are being called upon with increasing frequency for the preliminary and conceptual design of aircraft. One drag component which can be estimated at...

Probabilistic Structural Response of a Turbopump Blade to Random Pulse Loading
The objective of this work is to develop probabilistic models of the response of a Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) turbopump blade to random impact loading. These loads are caused by...

The Army and the Corps of Engineers' Role in Space (abstract)

Generation of Native FE in Lunar Soil
Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) studies on lunar samples produced some unexpected results which led to recognition of the presence of abundant single-domain Feo...

The Role and Functions of an Analog Moon Base
Over the past two decades numerous studies, workshops and symposia have identified the rationale for and characteristics of a permanently inhabited base on the Moon. This paper discusses...

Basing Options for Lunar Oxygen for Manned Mars Missions
The use of lunar oxygen to support lunar space transportation reduces Earth launch mass requirements by a factor of 2. In this paper, the authors show that lunar oxygen can also reduce...

A Space-Based Communications Concept to Support Mars Exploration Missions
Both the Soviet Union and the United States have expressed a desire to conduct further exploration of Mars and both sides have raised the possibility of joint Mars missions. In addition,...

Spacecraft Environments: Design Considerations
Design, launch, assembly in orbit, and operation of large space-based systems involve much detailed analysis to ensure mission success. The area of contamination control and environmental...

 

 

 

 

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