Peter Humphries explains why Advanced Space Manufacturing Systems, Inc is using aircraft loading technology to address cargo issues in space-based modules.

Space exploration and colonisation require innovative methods and technologies. Exploring deep space, learning about our solar system planets and creating opportunities for long-lasting missions and habitation all require new approaches to research.

The design of today’s space-based modules has a fundamental limitation in the efficiency of loading and unloading large cargo. It can take up to three days to load or unload large cargo items using existing architectures.

Space-based applications

Advanced Space Manufacturing Systems Inc (ASMS) has designed a new architecture that will allow larger equipment and newer technology to be placed inside space habitation modules in an efficient manner. Optimal efficiency is achieved via an innovative approach, which incorporates double doors with a slidable-platform on rollers. The approach is adapted for space-based applications from the proven methodology used by aircraft cargo loading systems worldwide today.

Habitation needs in space clearly go beyond providing basic shelter accommodation. Outer space is an unforgiving environment, so flexibility and self-sufficiency of the modules for unanticipated needs is mandatory. Manufacturing in space is a primary application for which the ASMS modules are designed. Having the ability to repair or replace parts through manufacturing is an important element to providing the self-sufficiency necessary for survival.

Flexible systems

Safety systems allow modules to be deployed in various habitats – from Mars to natural disaster zones

The ASMS modules are designed to meet space agency and private space company goals for future in-situ requirements for equipment to be placed in the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway and Mars habitation. Use of these efficient, re-configurable modules will empower the science and medical communities to rapidly deploy innovative new instrumentation solutions.

These habitation modules also have Earth-based applications for use in hurricane situations, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. In support of habitation requirements beyond these considerations, the modules are equipped with the required safety systems and equipment so that lives are not compromised.

This topic will be discussed in depth on Friday July 20 from 10:00 to 10:20 at the FINN Sessions at Farnborough Airshow in Insight Theatre, Hall 4.

Image: ASMS

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