Accession Number : ADA188412

Title :   State-of-the-Art Technologies for Construction in Space: a Review.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Lozar, Charles C ; Stephenson, L D

PDF Url : ADA188412

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : Future exploration and enterprise in low-Earth orbit will most likely require space stations for support. In addition, promotion of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is mandating research and development (R&D) into technologies for building structures to serve military objectives in space. However, an assessment of the state of the art for space construction technology has revealed that the field is immature, with little conceptual and experimental research completed. The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USA-CERL) has collected information on existing technologies for possible application in designing large space structures (LSS) for military support. This work is part of an effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to ensure mission-responsiveness in anticipation of a role in space construction. USA-CERL is USACE's designated lead laboratory for this program. Military structures will require design criteria much different from those of experimental space stations. Proposed conceptual criteria for both types structures are compared and differences are noted. Much R&D is needed before any of these structures can be deployed in space.

Descriptors :   *CONSTRUCTION, *SPACE STATIONS, STATE OF THE ART, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, EARTH ORBITS, LABORATORIES, LOW ALTITUDE, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, MILITARY STRATEGY, ORBITS, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, STATE OF THE ART, STRUCTURES, SPACE MISSIONS

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE