Mir Airlock Sensor Unit (MASU), Mir Structural Dynamics Experimental Unit Model

Mir Airlock Sensor Unit (MASU), Mir Structural Dynamics Experimental Unit Model

     

The primary purpose of this experiment was to perform on-orbit testing on large space structures to verify mathematical models that were being used in the design of the International Space Station (ISS). On-orbit tests were performed in the Mir alone and Shuttle-Mir mated configurations and test data was recorded with a variety of existing and new instrumentation systems. This is a key piece of hardware that demonstrates the type of engineering required before completing the planning for a large space station. Although the actual flown hardware was retrieved from the Mir, the NASA contractors have retained this piece of equipment in the event that they decide to follow-up on the original experiments and collect data from the ISS.

NASA transferred this object to the museum.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Contractor
McDonnell Douglas Corporation
Subcontractor
Payload Systems, Inc.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Instruments & Payloads

Materials
Alnodized Aluminum
Steel
Plastic
Glass
Paper
Copper
Gold
Paint
Ink
Adhesive
Dimensions
3-D: 41.6 x 47.6 x 22.9cm, 6.8kg (16 3/8 x 18 3/4 x 9 in., 15lb.)

The primary purpose of this experiment was to perform on-orbit testing on large space structures to verify mathematical models that were being used in the design of the International Space Station (ISS). On-orbit tests were performed in the Mir alone and Shuttle-Mir mated configurations and test data was recorded with a variety of existing and new instrumentation systems. This is a key piece of hardware that demonstrates the type of engineering required before completing the planning for a large space station. Although the actual flown hardware was retrieved from the Mir, the NASA contractors have retained this piece of equipment in the event that they decide to follow-up on the original experiments and collect data from the ISS.

NASA transferred this object to the museum.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Contractor
McDonnell Douglas Corporation
Subcontractor
Payload Systems, Inc.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Instruments & Payloads

Materials
Alnodized Aluminum
Steel
Plastic
Glass
Paper
Copper
Gold
Paint
Ink
Adhesive
Dimensions
3-D: 41.6 x 47.6 x 22.9cm, 6.8kg (16 3/8 x 18 3/4 x 9 in., 15lb.)

ID: A20040177000