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THUNDERSTAR CAPSULE update



October - 2004

With most of the fibreglass work on our full scale Thunderstar
boilerplate capsule nearing completion we are looking forward to
test fitting the Launch Escape System before Christmas.

The capsule is also currently being used to facilitate detailed
escape hatch design and analysis.


THUNDERSTAR CAPSULE update



September - 2004

Work on the thunderstar mockup is continuing. The plan is to
complete the basic structure with two different and interchangeable
hatch designs and seating layout.

This will then be used to assess access and egress through the
radically different hatch designs.

The mock up will evolve and eventually become a training simulator
complete with avionics and controls.


THUNDERSTAR CAPSULE update



June - 2004

Work is progressing with the prototype capsule. The primary
structural members have been mocked-up in wood and the
pressure hull has been formed using glass composites.

One of the main projects is the definition of the hatch, in support of
this project the prototype capsule has been constructed with a
removable hatch section to allow a number of different hatch
concepts to be investigated, the current concept features a round
hatch.

While the THUNDERSTAR capsule is being designed/engineered
using CAD software there is no substitute for a physical mock up
when it comes to human interfaces.

We need to make sure the crew can enter and exit the capsule in
both nominal and emergency conditions.

As the capsule evolves the mock-up will be used to help layout
instrumentation and controls.

The mock-up will also be used to test the life support system, as
it's a true representation of the THUNDERSTAR capsule in terms
of volume and the available space for equipment and the oxygen
supply.



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