Chapter 10

Spacecraft Configuration Design


The spacecraft environment and its effect on design are discussed. Crew volume allowance in spacecraft is contrasted with passenger volume allowance on commercial, business, and military aircraft. Vehicle mass characteristics as evidenced by the successful manned spacecraft and the resultant ballistic coefficient are explored. Human factors in spacecraft design are assessed, and the major areas of thermal control and management of the habitable volume are described. Environmental control and life support systems including heating, ventilating and air conditioning, air and water purification, waste management, fire and emergency control systems, and communications are illustrated. Basic structural ...

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