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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Recent NASA studies have identified the utility of the
 

Summary: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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ABSTRACT
Recent NASA studies have identified the utility of the
Earth-Moon L1 libration point for the assembly and
maintenance of future space systems, including large
science platforms such as optical telescopes. This work
has culminated in the conceptual design of an L1
"Gateway" station, which could be used to support
human operations on an as-needed basis.
While human presence will provide highly capable and
flexible capabilities for space operations, most of these
need to be applied in extravehicular activities
associated with large space structures construction and
maintenance. The effort required to support humans at
L1 will argue for much higher EVA rates than those
supported on International Space Station; because of
this and the environmental effects of deep space,
conventional pressure suit technologies may be
inadequate for safe routine EVA at Gateway Station.

  

Source: Akin, David - Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park
Celi, Roberto - Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park

 

Collections: Engineering