|astronautix.com||Feasibility of space stations as the major post-Apollo manned space flight program considered by NASA.|
A meeting to discuss the feasibility of space stations as the major post-Apollo manned space flight program was held at NASA Hq.
Some comments from attendees follow: Edgar M. Cortright, Director, LaRC The 1975 launch date would preclude major advances in technology at the outset of the core space station. A regenerative life support system would be needed for minimum resupply. Replaceable rather than expendable units would require a new philosophy. Too advanced missions should be avoided at the outset. Abe Silverstein, Director, Lewis Research Center NASA must do initial homework on size, weight, orbits, programs and experiments, logistic support, power, and communications. These factors would all need to be defined. Wernher von Braun, Director, MSFC NASA should spell out the sciences, technology, applications, missions, and research desired. NASA should define a 1975 station as a core facility from which the ultimate space base can grow in an efficient orderly evolution through 1985. Robert R. Gilruth, Director, MSC NASA should be looking at a step comparable in challenge to that of Apollo after Mercury. Design should emphasize the utility of the space base as a waystation to the Moon and Mars. Cargo and passenger transfer without extravehicular activity should be available. The logistics vehicle support system should be decoupled from the station-building launch capability at the outset. George E. Mueller, Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight Perhaps the logistics shuttle system should be developed first, before space station characteristics are decided on. James C. Elms, Director, Electronics Research Center We should design for artificial gravity and maybe later use the space station without it. You can easily decide to stop something you decided to spin, but it's a diode: you can't later decide to spin something you didn't design to spin.