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Aerospace Models for Tom Taylor

I made aerospace models on four separate occasions for Tom Taylor and Associates. The first three times he was involved with Martin Marietta, the fourth time with Space Hab Incorporated.

Manned Space Facility

The proposal was to add this manned unit to the aft end of the External Tank. A shroud would cover the manned unit and be jettisoned once orbit was achieved. Multiple units would be joined to begin the nucleus of a space station. The External Tank would provide the back-bone onto which payload pallets would be attached. Units from the European Space Agency Space Lab could be attached along with other modules.

Manned Space Facility
Photo by Space Media.
Single tank configuration. This tank opens to allow servicing of satellites.
Manned Space Facility
Photo by Space Media.
Single tank configuration.
Manned Space Facility
Photo by Space Media.
Single tank configuration.
Manned Space Facility
Photo by Space Media.
Single tank configuration.
Manned Space Facility
Photo by Space Media.
Two tank configuration.
Manned Space Facility
Photo by Space Media.
Close-up on 2 tank configuration.
Manned Space Facility
Three tank configuration.
Manned Space Facility
The entire model needed to be shipped in an air-line safe custom made case.


Aft Cargo Carrier

The proposal was to add this structure to the aft end of the External Tank. A shroud would cover the cargo and be jettisoned once orbit was achieved. There was a list of possible cargo options. I modeled three options, a manned unit, a satellite launcher, and a parabolic mirror that would unfold once in orbit.

Aft Cargo Carrier
Aft Cargo Carrier, without cargo.
Aft Cargo Carrier
Aft Cargo Carrier, with shroud.
Aft Cargo Carrier
Closeup of Aft Cargo Carrier cargo attachment frame. The ribbing looks incomplete and unfinished fiberglass is exposed because most of this section is hidden by actual pieces of acoustic insulation.
Aft Cargo Carrier
Closeup of Aft Cargo Carrier, without cargo.
Aft Cargo Carrier
Manned unit.
Aft Cargo Carrier
The interior furnishings were built by others. My contract called for building the structure of the interior and make it ready for others to add the interior furniture, bulkheads, astronauts, etc.
Aft Cargo Carrier
Aft Cargo Carrier with satellite launcher.
Aft Cargo Carrier
I built two generic satellites.
Aft Cargo Carrier Time and budget didn't allow to build the 7-piece parabolic dish reflector as a fully articulated model. I did build the structural attachment frame and the 7-piece reflector that could be laid out on a desk by the precentor.


External Tank Platform

The proposal was to carry the External Tank in orbit so that it would provide the back-bone onto which payload pallets would be attached.

External Tank Platform
External Tank Platform with shroud.
External Tank Platform
External Tank Platform with shroud jettisoned and solar arrays installed.
External Tank Platform
External Tank Platform with shroud jettisoned and solar arrays installed.
External Tank Platform
External Tank Platform in traveling case.


SpaceHab

I built 200 of these desk top promotional models. SpaceHab has flown in the Space Shuttle many times, including the tragic last flight of Columbia.

SpaceHab


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