Accession Number : ADD006512

Title :   Vehicle Enshrouding Apparatus.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Seifert ,Clair F ; Seapy ,Harvey S ; Dunlap,David E

Report Date : 04 Sep 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Stowable and inflatable apparatus for enshrouding a vehicle. The apparatus, in its most generic and most basic embodiment, includes an inflatable framework external of which is attached a multilayer superinsulating blanket shroud. The inflatable tubular framework includes a plurality of inflatable tubular-shaped longitudinal members in spaced-apart relationship. Each of the toroidal-shaped members is positioned essentially perpendicular to, and in contact with, each of the tubular-shaped longitudinal members. The inventive apparatus solves the problems which are inherent in enclosing a large, relatively hot space vehicle to retain the heat therefrom, and in folding (and stowing) and in unfolding an apparatus in a space environment. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Thermal insulation, *Spacecraft, *Masking, Inflatable structures, Folding, Storage, Frames, Blankets, Infrared countermeasures

Subject Categories : Optical Countermeasures
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE