STP398

    Man-Rating the Douglas 39-Foot-Diameter Space Simulator

    Published: Jan 1966


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    Abstract

    The Douglas space simulator is a 39-foot-diameter sphere with a pumping speed adequate for manned operation while maintaining a simulated space vacuum. Man-rating of the simulator will permit personnel safely to occupy the chamber and to enter or leave it quickly. The simulator will be modified to provide a two-stage repressurization system, additional penetrations for life-support systems, and a two-compartment air lock. The primary and secondary air locks will be used to enter the chamber without breaking vacuum and as a backup chamber for observer and rescue personnel. The primary lock may also be used as an independent test chamber. A life-support system will be provided to support personnel inside the chamber and locks. Suitable biomedical monitoring of chamber occupants will be provided.

    Keywords:

    space environment, space chambers, vacuum, human factors, repressurization


    Author Information:

    Morrow, J. T.
    Douglas Aircraft Co., Huntington Beach, Calif.


    Paper ID: STP46444S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E21.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP46444S


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