Accession Number : AD0620168

Title :   MULTIVESSEL STORAGE OF FLUIDS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST METEOROIDS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Kaechele,Lloyd

Report Date : AUG 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : A study is made of the problem of protection against meteoroids in space storage and also of pressurized storage and thermal protection. For short space trips in sturdy vehicles, designed to withstand the rigors of boost and re-entry, the problem of meteoroid impact has been of relatively minor concern. The likelihood of damage, however, will increase for longer voyages in larger, more fragile vehicles. The possibility of providing safe, lightweight storage for fluids by using many small containers rather than a single large one is investigated. It is shown that multiple containers can be appreciably lighter in certain applications. A method for determining which storage system is best is developed, and the kinds of mission for which the multiple container may be better are indicated. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STORAGE TANKS, SPACECRAFT), (*METEORS, HAZARDS), (*HAZARDS, SPACECRAFT), (*SPACECRAFT, STORAGE TANKS), MULTIPLE OPERATION, DAMAGE, PROBABILITY, SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, PRESSURE VESSELS, THERMAL INSULATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE