Accession Number : ADA305296

Title :   Space Shuttle Structural Design Concepts and Fabrication Problems. Phase B.

Corporate Author : NORTH AMERICAN ROCKWELL CORP SEAL BEACH CA SPACE DIV

Personal Author(s) : Lusk, R. A.

PDF Url : ADA305296

Report Date : OCT 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : One of the next steps in man's exploration of space is tbe development of a reusable space system capable of transporting men and equipment to near-earth orbits and returning them safely to earth. NASA's Space Shuttle Program is designed to achieve this goal in the 1970's with a reusable space orbiter and a reusable booster. This paper identifies the structural problems inherent in these craft and discusses the structural details of the orbiter design being studied by North American Rockwell's Space Division. In this Phase B study, which is being conducted under contract for NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center. cost is accorded primary consideration in all technical tradeoffs.

Descriptors :   *STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS, *SPACE SHUTTLES, PAYLOAD, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ALUMINUM ALLOYS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, HIGH TEMPERATURE, STIFFNESS, FUSELAGES, HEAT SHIELDS, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, DESIGN CRITERIA, SKIN(STRUCTURAL), REUSABLE EQUIPMENT, BOOSTER ROCKET ENGINES, THERMAL STRESSES, TITANIUM ALLOYS, PROPELLANT TANKS, THERMAL INSULATION.

Subject Categories : Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE