SLOMAR = Space Logistics, Maintenance and Repair,
a study program begun by the USAF in 1959. Funds were not actually made available until June of 1960, with the bulk of the work carried out over the following year. The basic objectives of the SLOMAR study were to estimate future military space needs in terms of support for manned space stations and produce preliminary designs of vehicles to fulfill that mission.
The Remora System proposed by the Bell Aerosystems Company is representative of this vehicle class, and in addition includes more available system data as a consequence, this vehicle was the basic system incorporated into the contract. The capsule is approximately six feet long, four feet in diameter and has an empty weight of 507 pounds. It has a four-hour mission capability with 100 percent reserve in life support and propellant supplies. A double-wall structural concept employing an inner magnesium shell, insulation core, and an aluminum alloy laminate outer wall is present. A meteorite bumper shield is suggested as a protective device for the worker and critical items of equipment. In order to accomplish the tasks allocated to this shuttle, provisions are incorporated for remote manipulators, pressurized gauntlets and grappler arms. The capsule life support system provides 100 percent oxygen at 5 psia with supplies sufficient for the four hour mission plus 100 percent backup. Safety features include provision for acceptance of a worker in a full pressure suit with its own life support system which would be activated upon failure of the capsule system. A thermal control system is also provided which maintains capsule temperature at 70 0F. Other significant features include a reaction control and propulsion system, a control and stabilization system, a fuel cellpower supply, two-way communications, and status information display panel.
Stargazer2006 said:Cool! This is definitely a picture of the Bell REMORA (not Remova as the legend implies, not Remona as YOUR filename says!).
Michel Van said:is this a model of the Lockheed SLOMAR submission?
circle-5 said:Northrop-Norair factory display model of the N-256 SLOMAR proposal, as it survives today.
circle-5 said:This is the Northrop/Norair SLOMAR factory model shown in the AW&ST clipping (Reply #4, above). Note various, mission-specific modules.