Inflatable tensegrity module for a large-scale space structure and its construction scenario

Satoshi Murata, Daisuke Jodoi, Hiroshi Furuya, Yuzuru Terada, Keiki Takadama

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Abstract

Large-scale space structures have been usually launched in a single compact folded configuration and deployed to its functional configuration in space. However, this method is useful only to some extent because larger-scale construction cannot be transported as a single load. The whole structure must be divided into modules; multiple launches, deployments and assembly of them are indispensable. In this paper we propose a new model of constructing large-scale structures in space. To be specific, we deal with construction of the Solar Power Satellite (SPS). We show a design of deployable tensegrity module, assembled by using specially designed space manipulator robots. Result of structural analysis and deployment experiment of a prototype module are shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages4768-4775
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 2005 Oct 172005 Oct 21

Other

OtherInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005
CountryJapan
CityFukuoka
Period05/10/1705/10/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Murata, S., Jodoi, D., Furuya, H., Terada, Y., & Takadama, K. (2005). Inflatable tensegrity module for a large-scale space structure and its construction scenario. 4768-4775. Paper presented at International Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005, Fukuoka, Japan.