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The man-rating features of the 40-foot diameter by 50-foot space environment chamber at The Boeing Co. facility in Kent, Wash., are described. This chamber was designed to allow the testing of large, manned, pressurized spacecraft in real-time simulation of earth-orbiting and deep-space missions. Key features pertaining to manned occupancy, including structural design, pumping systems, repressurization systems, controls, monitoring and rescue provisions, and biomedical training and treatment are described.
space environment, space chambers, vacuum, human factors, repressurization
Manager, The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash.
Yerkes, J. W.
Staff engineer, The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash.