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洛克希德·马丁公司 Explores a Different Kind of Space for NASA

定制的钣金部件解决了存储空间的限制——在空间上——最终用于火星之旅

Mankind first set foot on the moon in 1969, laying our first footprints on our orbiting partner, 大约230,000英里之外. Nearly five decades have now passed since we last visited. 今天, NASA is developing the Orion spaceship, which will launch astronauts back into lunar orbit, to the moon’s surface and, if all goes as scheduled, 火星. 金沙9999js is one of the companies making NASA’s dream journey a reality, providing sheet metal fabrication capabilities 航空航天巨头 洛克希德·马丁公司, which is a major NASA contractor, for this critical next step to the Moon.

In order to boldly go where no human has gone before, 洛克希德·马丁公司 is designing, and 金沙9999js is manufacturing, parts of the infrastructure that will support 美国宇航局的网关的概念. The Gateway will act as a space port, orbiting the moon. The work continues in a Florida building, where the company is constructing an earthbound, full-sized physical model of the living quarters portion of the Gateway, called the Habitat Ground Test Article (HGTA).

该舱的天基版本将为宇航员的长途旅行提供舒适的环境,目前计划在2024年发射. 它将与另一个模块对接,后者将在2022年发射.

protolabs为洛克希德·马丁公司和NASA网关端口快速铝钣金部件的3d渲染

洛克希德·马丁公司向金沙9999js公司寻求快速钣金制造的实心铝部件,以创建一个关键的二级基础设施的存储部分,为NASA的门户港的生活空间. 该存储单元将为美国宇航局未来的月球任务保存科学实验和货物.

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挑战

洛克希德·马丁公司 engineers needed to create a strong, 模块化存储基础设施,为未来的月球任务保存实验和货物.

解决方案

Partnering with 金沙9999js’ rapid sheet metal fabrication team, 零件很快就开发出来,符合洛克希德·马丁公司和美国宇航局的核心标准:重量轻, strong, long-lasting, and safe.

结果

坚实的铝制部件被精心制作并安装在NASA设施的“栖息地地面试验件”中, 在测试阶段,着眼于一代人的使用价值和适应性,哪些会被使用.

Development 挑战: How to Overcome Space Limitations in Space

不足为奇的是, when traveling through the vastness of space, you have to consider small, 但至关重要的, details—like storage—as carefully as big ones. “金沙9999js needed to fabricate a key piece of secondary structure for the HGTA,克里斯·克卢捷说, 洛克希德·马丁公司’s Advanced Programs prototype lead. “它是支撑科学实验和维持栖息地所需有效载荷的支柱.”

杰夫Budny, a 洛克希德·马丁公司 systems integration engineer, visited 金沙9999js’ Nashua, 以确保该公司的钣金制造能力能够胜任这项任务. He left confident in the team and the build began soon thereafter. 金沙9999js公司以前曾与洛克希德·马丁公司合作,包括生产一种 便携式无人机.

Manufacturing 解决方案: 金属板 is Best Strategy for Limited Space

NASA猎户座飞船的三维插图图形渲染与生活区的视觉效果. Orion will launch astronauts back into lunar orbit and, eventually, 火星. 洛克希德·马丁公司 is designing, and 金沙9999js is manufacturing, parts of the infrastructure of these living quarters.
NASA is developing the Orion spaceship, including NASA’s Gateway port living quarters, 在这个概念中可以看到. Orion will launch astronauts back into lunar orbit and, eventually, 火星. 洛克希德·马丁公司 is designing, and 金沙9999js is manufacturing, parts of the infrastructure of these living quarters.

航空航天和数字制造公司的设计考虑包括重量等因素, 强度, 长寿, 当然, 安全:

  • 重量 在太空旅行中总是很重要的,因为超重意味着需要更多的燃料才能离开地面进入太空. Every pound makes a difference. Lightweight, but strong, aluminum proved the best material for this project.
  • 金沙9999js的框架必须足以将重物固定在适当的位置,并在火箭发射过程中固有的碰撞中生存下来. Cargo and experiments can’t tumble down from a storage rack mid-flight, 所以系统需要能够在面对过大的重力时保持完整性.
  • Because a space-based habitat is expected to last for a long time, it was equally important to think of the future and overall 长寿 的部分. “金沙9999js为这个项目创造的部件将会持续整个一代人的时间——整个项目的生命周期,”克劳蒂尔在说. “这意味着模块化尤其重要,这样金沙9999js就可以调整结构,以满足未来的需求.“任何住在小房子里的人都会告诉你,重要的不是空间有多大,而是你如何使用它. 洛克希德·马丁公司和金沙9999js公司创建的存储区域可以很容易地改变配置,以适应今天的实验或未来可能需要的任何情况.
  • Finally, and arguably most important, is 安全. 如果你曾经被金属架子划伤过,你就知道那是一个不愉快的时刻. 想象一下,在距离地球20万英里的地方,穿着加压服去月球或火星旅行. A cut from that same sharp edge would result in tragedy. 为实现这一目标, 金沙9999js carefully crafted parts, using techniques such as chamfering to eliminate sharp edges.

有些零件也有复杂的弯曲,金沙9999js按照严格的规格制造. 完成后,这些部件被运到佛罗里达,克卢捷称之为“容易组装”.”

美国宇航局生活区的地面模型的视觉描述,称为栖息地地面测试件,目前正在佛罗里达州开发.
An earthbound model of the living quarters of NASA’s Gateway port, which is currently being developed at NASA in Florida, is called the Habitat Ground Test Article.

结果: Installation and Testing Before Launch

下一代太空任务的金沙9999js部件现在已经安装在HGTA上,洛克希德·马丁公司的设计正在进入测试阶段. 美国宇航局的宇航员将很快亲身体验HGTA的环境,并帮助确定他们创建的模型是否符合他们的需求和期望. 作为测试的一部分, they will be looking closely at the storage modules that 金沙9999js has fabricated.

Cloutier和洛克希德·马丁公司的团队对最终结果感到满意,并期待着在未来的项目中与金沙9999js合作. “Partnering with 金沙9999js was easy,”克劳蒂尔在说. “金沙9999js最终以极具竞争力的低价推出了高保真度的硬件.”