Hybrid Deployable Habitat Structures for Orbital and Lunar/Planetary Applications

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  • 2009-01-3201

Published:
  • 2009-11-10
Citation:
Bell, L., "Hybrid Deployable Habitat Structures for Orbital and Lunar/Planetary Applications," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 3(1):32-38, 2010, https://doi.org/10.4271/2009-01-3201.
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7
Abstract:
Extended-duration space missions entailing expanded crew sizes and activities will produce a need for habitats that combine advantages of conventional hard/fixed and soft/deployable structures. Rigid modules enable pre-integration of utility and equipment systems prior to launch and apply proven technologies. Soft pressure vessels can be compacted to optimize launch payload volume and habitable volume/mass efficiencies, but impose hardware integration challenges, operational readiness requirements, and long-term structural performance uncertainties. This paper discusses concepts and applications that incorporate both approaches. Examples draw upon research and design investigations undertaken by SICSA in support of a NASA-sponsored study conducted by two independent teams, one headed by Boeing, and the other by ILC-Dover. SICSA had key roles in developing overall configuration architectures for both teams.
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