Accession Number : AD0658454

Title :   AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PRACTICALITY OF ORBITAL MAINTENANCE,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE AERO PROPULSION LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Van Schaik,Peter N.

Report Date : 30 AUG 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Spacecraft and space stations orbiting the earth for long periods of time will incur many malfunctions requiring redundancy or orbital maintenance. Redundancy will suffice for the shorter periods while maintenance becomes a necessity in the long run. For maintenance to become a reality it must be both system and cost effective. It will never become effective unless the spacecraft is maintainable, spares are interchangeable, and man can make in-space repairs. Current programs are slowly advancing the technologies but a concentrated, comprehensive program is needed to make maintenance a reality reasonably soon. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SPACE MAINTENANCE, FEASIBILITY STUDIES), SPACE STATIONS, MANNED SPACECRAFT, RELIABILITY, REDUNDANT COMPONENTS, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, MAINTAINABILITY, SPARE PARTS, EXTRAVEHICULAR ACTIVITY, COST EFFECTIVENESS

Subject Categories : Astronautics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE