Trigon panel size optimization studies

A. Scott Howe*, Ian Gibson

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The optimal Trigon panel edge size will depend on a variety of factors, including mechanism sizes, proposed panel payloads, shielding, dust control, and human factors. The Trigon system allows for a kit-of-parts approach to habitat construction and vehicle design. Trigon panels may be fitted with mobility systems and used to construct habitats, vehicles, ISMU "Cassette factories", and other permanent structures. This paper discusses panel size optimization with respect to these potential uses, introduces a spreadsheet model for multivariate data input, and describes a series of studies that have been conducted to determine the effect of variable world reference frame acceleration scenarios (surface gravities) on panel edge dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers
Subtitle of host publicationAIAA Space Conference, San Jose, California, 19-21 September 2006
Place of PublicationReston, VA
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781563478246
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace 2006 Conference - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 19 Sep 200621 Sep 2006


ConferenceSpace 2006 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


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