Accession Number : ADA134957

Title :   An Investigation of Non-Extravehicular Activity (Non-EVA) On-Orbit Maintenance Support Concepts for Orbiting Systems.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Aborn,R A

PDF Url : ADA134957

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : Designing highly reliable, expendable satellites for long duration, on-orbit missions is becoming increasingly impractical. Incorporating a maintainability aspect is one way of facilitating the required level of probability of mission success. A hypothetical satellite constellation, Space Fox, is discussed in identifying the 'design to build' criteria, technical capabilities, and economic considerations necessary to facilitate NON-EVA on-orbit maintenance repair concepts. The acquisition cycle provides a vehicle for showing the relationship between the maintenance concept and maintenance plan, and developing a system to include NON-EVA on-orbit repair capabilities. Specific levels of concept design, technical limitations and economic trade-offs are identified. System optimization and prime equipment compatibility are addressed. NON-EVA on-orbit maintenance by a pivoting arm mechanism servicer, carried by the Teleoperator Manuevering System, is a technically and economically feasible way of supporting orbiting space assets. A recommendation to develop an implementation plan, reliability simulation and stimulate funding for further research and development of the design engineering and technical advances required is represented. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Space maintenance, *Artificial satellites, *Maintenance equipment, *Unmanned spacecraft, Repair, Maintainability, Inflight, Teleoperators, Vehicles, Systems engineering, Optimization, Maintenance management, Compatibility, Logistics support, Reliability, Simulation, Planning, Research management, Money, Allocations, Air Force research, Theses

Subject Categories : Astronautics
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE