Date of Award
Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Richard G. Cobb, PhD
The purpose of this research project is to develop the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment (RIGEX) from a computer-based model into a space-qualified prototype. Past research projects have developed RIGEX's command and control, structural analysis, and integration with the orbiter. This thesis details the organization, assembly, and test planning for the RIGEX protoflight model. Strict requirements imposed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) must be fulfilled for any payload to travel into space. Based on the requirements set forth by NASA documentation, this thesis establishes appropriate assembly procedures for the construction of a space payload. Detailed design changes are described, as well as any problems encountered during assembly. Various lessons learned throughout the course of this project are discussed.
DTIC Accession Number
O'Neal, Brady D., "Development and Testing of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 2947.