Space Stations pp 329-370 | Cite as

System Engineering

  • Ernst Messerschmid
  • Reinhold Bertrand
In the previous chapters, various space stations and space concepts have been presented. In this context, certain elements continue to occur repetitively in one form or the other, such as the following:
  • Pressurized modules for experiments and the crew

  • Pressurized connection nodes and docking adapters

  • Structural elements (e.g. trusses) to connect the modules

  • Solar collectors, usually tracking the Sun

  • Thermal radiators

  • External payloads

  • Manipulator systems

  • Operational elements such as logistics or rescue vehicles

In principal, any geometric configuration can be formed from these basic compo nents of a space station. For that reason, it is even more astonishing that the results of most of the configuration studies are only a few patterns which are very similar to one another. This observation raises the question of which factors determine the design of a space station in the end - this is a question of configurational system de sign which will be analyzed in the framework of this chapter. First, the challenges of system design and the environment in which it takes place will be discussed. Sec ond, a possible methodology and possible design tools will be introduced.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernst Messerschmid
    • 1
  • Reinhold Bertrand
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für RaumfahrtsystemeUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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