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FlexCraft is a proposed support craft for the NASA Deep Space Habitat (DSH). FlexCraft would be used by an individual astronaut for EVA or tele-operated activities. The hardware would connect directly to the DSH airlock and would share a common atmosphere as the parent ship to provide immediate access to space without pre-breathing by DSH crew.
With a pressurized volume of 0.62 m3, the FlexCraft is meant for only one person with an "excursion time" of less than 8 hours. Its propellant would be gaseous nitrogen, and it would have a Delta-V of 21 m/s with a total gross mass projected at 452 kg.
An already-identified limitation is that it cannot be used during solar particle events.
The FlexCraft concept was first presented in a 2012 conference paper by Brand N. Griffin.
- Delving Deeper into NASA's DSH Configuration and Support Craft
- Griffin, Brand N. (March 15, 2012). Benefits of a Single-Person Spacecraft for Weightless Operations. 13th ASCE Earth and Space Conference; 15-18 Apr. 2012; Pasadena, CA; United States. 42nd International Conference on Environmental Systems; San Diego, CA. United States. 20120013602. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
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