Monday, October 8, 2012

Rare Video: Early NASA Space Station Design

by G. Jack Urso

From the Aeolus 13 Umbra YouTube Channel.

At the height of the Apollo program, NASA considered several plans for space station designs that utilized the technology of the era for long-term orbital platforms. While NASA eventually opted for the Skylab design, this short video clip from ABC News coverage of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing describes an innovative space station design that can be launched in and deployed from a Saturn rocket. Introduced by anchor Tom Jerriel and featuring reporter Bill Owens.
NASA artist's conception of the deployed space station. 
From the 1972 World Book Encyclopedia. Author’s collection.

The design was officially designated the Deployable Artificial-Gravity Space Station and was developed by a team led by NASA Langley Research Center engineer Rene Bergland.
NASA Langley Research Center engineer Rene Bergland with a model
of the Deployable Artificial-Gravity Space Station.
The audio and video quality is relatively low-grade due to the source video tape being nearly twenty years old. Just one of the many obscure videos I recorded off the television over the past three decades.

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