Orbiter processing facility service platform failure and redesign
- Harris, Jesse L.
- May 1, 1988.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
- In a high bay of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) at the Kennedy Space Center, technicians were preparing the space shuttle orbiter Discovery for rollout to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). A service platform, commonly referred to as an OPF Bucket, was being retracted when it suddenly fell, striking a technician and impacting Discovery's payload bay door. A critical component in the OPF Bucket hoist system had failed, allowing the platform to fall. The incident was thoroughly investigated by both NASA and Lockheed, revealing many design deficiencies within the system. The deficiencies and the design changes made to correct them are reviewed.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19880012110.
Accession ID: 88N21494.
NASA. Langley Research Center, The 22nd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium; p 373-386.
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