Accession Number : ADD001206

Title :   Space Shuttle Orbiter Barricade.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Digiovanniantonio,Perry R

Report Date : 23 May 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The patent application relates to a barricade installation for arresting the motion of a winged space vehicle comprising four rectangular loops of heavy duty nylon rope commonly attached at each corner to a pair of stanchions by tensioning pendants, and at opposite vertical sides to a pair of arresting engines. A plurality of vertical, nylon engaging straps are positioned between top and bottom horizontal ropes at finite intervals along the length thereof in step-wise fashion. Upon engagement of the vertical straps by the vehicle, the rectangular loops break away from the stanchions and move in the direction of forward motion of the vehicle, and loading on the vehicle frame and wing assemblies is equalized during arrestment as the vertical straps are free to move relative to the horizontal ropes.

Descriptors :   *SPACE SHUTTLES, *ARRESTING GEAR, PATENTS, AEROSPACE PLANES, AIRCRAFT LANDINGS, BARRIERS, NYLON, STRAPS

Subject Categories : Ground Support Sys & Facil For Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE