The Fixed Service Tower as a Means for Launch Vehicle Buildup and Servicing 660705

The Douglas Aircraft Co. has developed a concept known as the Fixed Service Tower (FST) to increase the efficiency of medium space vehicle buildup and servicing operations. Advantages of the concept are presented in this paper by first discussing present flight preparation procedures for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Improved Delta vehicle and then discussing how these procedures would be improved by utilizing the FST techniques. Aspects of the FST, which are covered in detail, include location, configuration, flexibility, growth potential, launch environment, cost, and implementation status.


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