Habitability Studies for Hermes-A Status of Simulation and Validation 901388

The HERMES programme has been adopted as an european programme at The Hague ministerial level meeting in 1987. The primary mission of HERMES will be the servicing of the Columbus Free Flyer Laboratory. A typical mission will last 10 to 12 days and will be based on the utilization of the three crewmembers on board. A satisfactory environment is essential to support crew physical, physiological and psychological needs in order to promote mission success. This paper will present, in a first part, a description of the baseline configuration of the space vehicle, and in a second part, the preliminary verification of the adequacy of the internal layout with the users, using CAD simulations of the crewmembers activities, and then, a full scale mock-up which was build to validate those simulations and to ensure the overall coherence of the composite HERMES/COLUMBUS FREE FLYER.


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