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8931741 Gravity acceleration station  
A gravity acceleration station for producing gravity acceleration and creating conditions for living under a permanent effect of gravity acceleration more than 1 g for prolonged periods of time....
8789797 Payload adapters including antenna assemblies, satellite assemblies and related systems and methods  
Payload adapters for launch vehicles include a ring structure having an opening formed therein and at least a portion of an antenna assembly coupled to a circular sidewall of the ring structure at...
8770522 Deployable space boom using bi-stable tape spring mechanism  
A spacecraft deployment mechanism employing a pair of bi-stable tape springs attached to a cylinder such that rotation of the cylinder extends or retracts the tape springs in opposite directions....
8550408 Dual evolved expendable launch vehicle (EELV) secondary payload adaptor (ESPA) port small satellite design  
An apparatus and method are disclosed for dual Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) port small satellite designs. The apparatus and method provide payload...
8474760 Polygonal support structure  
A polygonal support structure is disclosed herein. The polygonal support structure has a plurality of rigid segments configured to be joined at longitudinal ends by a joint affixed to at least one...
8448902 Satellite having multiple aspect ratios  
A high capacity satellite having multiple aspect ratios is configured to have at least two modules. Each module includes a first panel and a third panel facing, in an on-orbit configuration,...
8393581 Collapsible structures  
Structures and methods are disclosed regarding deployable structures with expandable longerons adjustably coupled with supporting structures such that an angle between the supporting structures...
8387921 Self deploying solar array  
A deployable structure that may include a slit-tube longeron and a flat panel coupled with the slit-tube longeron. The slit-tube longeron may include a tubular member having a slit that runs along...
8366051 Air barrier for use with an expandable structure  
An air barrier having a scuff coating is used in connection with the core of a spacecraft to form an inflatable, or expandable, human habitat module. The air barrier is comprised of a number of...
8146867 Modular spacecraft design architecture  
A spacecraft architecture and accompanying standard allows for the creation of a spacecraft using an assortment of modules that comply with the standard. The standard preferably includes both...
8109472 Collapsible structures with adjustable forms  
Structures and methods are disclosed regarding deployable structures with expandable longerons adjustably coupled with supporting structures such that an angle between the supporting structures...
8096512 Payload modules  
A plurality of sufficient closely-packed functional units which are interconnected to form a non-planar payload module assembly 40. Advantageously, the payload modular structure 40 is compact with...
8066227 Deployable structures having collapsible structural members  
Deployable structures are disclosed having collapsible structural members that include a stowed configuration with a volume smaller than the expanded configuration. Such structures can include...
8061660 Large-scale deployable solar array  
A deployable structure is disclosed. The deployable structure may include one or more slit-tube longerons; and one or more flat sheets coupled with the one or more slit-tube longerons. The one or...
8047473 Connecting node and method for constructing a connecting node  
A connecting node comprises a polyhedral structure comprising a plurality of panels joined together at its side edges to form a spherical approximation, wherein at least one of the plurality of...
8042305 Deployable structural assemblies, systems for deploying such structural assemblies  
A deployable structural assembly is provided along with associated deployment mechanisms and associated methods of forming and deploying the structural assembly. In one exemplary embodiment, the...
7922125 Launching vehicle and satellite connection-separation apparatus  
A launcher and satellite connection-separation apparatus for launching and satellite vehicles has a band-clamp assembly of a band with an inner channel in which clamps are located in a sliding...
7840387 System and method of designing a load bearing layer that interfaces to a structural pass-through of an inflatable vessel  
A method for determining a design of an inflatable module including a rigid member disposed in a restraint layer, wherein the restraint layer includes orthogonal straps, includes modeling a strap...
7759664 Solar heat powered deployable structure  
An embodiment of the present method may comprise: heating up at least one structural element beyond a change state temperature thereof; changing the configuration of the structural element from an...
7686255 Space vehicle having a payload-centric configuration  
In one aspect, a space vehicle includes a structure configured to expand from a first configuration to a second configuration and at least two equipment compartments attached to the periphery of...
7689327 Microserver adapter for an avionics box  
A modular adapter is attachable to an avionics box of an aircraft to enable network communication between the avionics box and other avionics boxes or controllers on the aircraft, local computing...
7559508 Propellant depot in space  
A space transportation propellant depot has multiple locations, sources and capabilities. Maximizing known mature technologies coupled with realistic industrial techniques results in the...
7543779 Low-impact mating system  
An androgynous mating system for mating two exoatmospheric space modules comprising a first mating assembly capable of mating with a second mating assembly; a second mating assembly structurally...
7509774 Apparatus for integrating a rigid structure into a flexible wall of an inflatable structure  
For an inflatable structure having a flexible outer shell or wall structure having a flexible restraint layer comprising interwoven, load-bearing straps, apparatus for integrating one or more...
7478782 System and method incorporating adaptive and reconfigurable cells  
A system and method by which specialized components (tenants) are mounted to an assembly comprising a plurality of modular units. Each modular unit has one or more interface connecting locations...
7469864 Method for assemblying and landing a habitable structure on an extraterrestrial body  
A method for assembling and landing a habitable module on an extraterrestrial mass is claimed. At least one inflatable module and a second module are placed into orbit about an extraterrestrial...
7295884 System and method of designing a load bearing layer of an inflatable vessel  
A computer-implemented method is provided for designing a restraint layer of an inflatable vessel. The restraint layer is inflatable from an initial uninflated configuration to an inflated...
7163179 Commercial service platform in space  
Affordable commercial service platforms in space focusing on customer affordability, quality microgravity services, innovation and combining five emerging space technologies. The invention...
6945500 Apparatus for a geosynchronous life extension spacecraft  
A satellite life extension spacecraft, comprising a mechanical implement adapted for connection to a parent spacecraft, a first and second boom, a first thruster pod and a second thruster pod...
6938858 Spacecraft window assembly  
A spacecraft window assembly for providing external viewing from inside an inflatable module is claimed. The inflatable shell has a plurality of layers and each layer has a window opening. The...
6899301 Method for making an opening in the bladder of an inflatable modular structure for receiving a window  
A method for making an opening in the bladder of an inflatable modular structure. The structure has a core comprised of a fore and aft assembly separated by a longeron. There is an inflatable...
6726151 Miniature spacecraft  
A miniature spacecraft is constructed using modular features so as to provide a wide range of possible sizes with a choice of physical attributes. Radially directed bays are arranged around a...
6568638 Modular spacecraft structure  
A spacecraft structure formed of one or more interchangeable modules is disclosed. The modules have two planar surfaces that cooperate to form a cavity, in which spacecraft equipment is housed....
6491256 Transportation of unqualified spacecraft or component to space  
Transport and in-space assembly of spacecraft from not-qualified-for-launch, low cost parts/modules. Any number of spacecraft or parts thereof are built inexpensively for space usage when they are...
6439508 Inflatable habitation volumes in space  
An improved inflatable habitation volume in space comprising reduced cost, improved debris impact protection, enhanced penetration resistance, self sealing qualities, innovative flat end caps,...
6322023 Evolvable propulsion module  
A spacecraft propulsion module (16) that includes an outer cylindrical housing (20), an end wall (22) and a specialized internal structure (50) that is capable of supporting various spacecraft...
6260804 Functionally and structurally modular parallelogram-shaped spacecraft  
A functionally and structurally modular, parallelogram-shaped spacecraft. The spacecraft includes a plurality of modules joined to one another along an axis of the spacecraft, wherein each module...
6234426 Modular spacecraft construction requiring no tools for assembly and disassembly  
A modular spacecraft construction having a simple spacecraft core structure (10) of cylindrical shape, spacecraft equipment modules (12) in the form of generally flat panels that are attached in a...
6216984 Gravity habitat module for space vehicle  
A habitat module for astronauts traveling in a space vehicle, the habitat module including a cylindrical module enclosing a living compartment for astronauts, the module having a cylindrical outer...
6206327 Modular spacecraft bus  
A mission configurable modular satellite bus structure composed of several scalable modules, including a propulsion module and one or more stackable space modules, each using standard subsystems...
6149104 Structural layout for spacecraft including specialized compartment configuration  
A spacecraft propulsion module (16) that includes an outer cylindrical housing (20), an end wall (22) and a specialized internal structure (50) that is capable of supporting various spacecraft...
6045094 Gyroscopic space ship/station with docking mechanism  
A space vehicle which is a combined space ship and space station (1), able to combine the functions of a lunar mission transport and a lunar support station. Propulsion rockets (60) are used for...
5979833 Modular spacecraft architecture  
A spacecraft structure using functionally independent modules assembled around a lightweight core structure to provide a vehicle that is lighter, uses less volume, and is easier to design,...
5950965 Split shell spacecraft  
A modular spacecraft and fabrication method for producing a spacecraft of the kind that forms an enclosure and framework for installation of the external and internal subsystems of the spacecraft....
5865401 Tethered space platform assembly for isolation orbiting  
A space platform assembly designed to be attached to the outer surface of a space station structure for deployment of a tethered space platform into isolation orbit alongside the space station....
5839696 Modular payload arrangement  
A modular payload structure providing standardized thermal, electrical and mechanical interfaces. The modular arrangement of the present invention has fixed radiator panels that have standard...
5816539 Orbital assist module and interstage  
An orbital assist module and an interstage for a launch vehicle. The orbital assist module includes a cylindrical outer wall and a support structure secured to an inner surface of the cylindrical...
5806799 Variable length mission-configurable module for space transportation vehicle  
The invention provides a variable length mission configurable module that can be readily reconfigured to meet the specific pressurized space and payload requirements for a wide variety of Earth...
5803402 System and method for the construction of spacecraft structures  
A composite structure and method for constructing same for use in fabricating the framework of a spacecraft is disclosed. The structure is cut from flat sheets of composite laminate materials, and...
5791600 Pressurized modular system for space applications  
The invention provides a modular system including one or more interchangeable pressurizable body sections, a front end cap and a rear end cap. A tendon array assembly is coupled between the front...
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