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

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    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.


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

    Author Information:

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

    Committee/Subcommittee: E21.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP46444S