FlexCraft is a proposed support craft for the NASA Deep Space Habitat (DSH). FlexCraft would be used by an individual astronaut for EVA or tele-operated activities. The hardware would connect directly to the DSH airlock and would share a common atmosphere as the parent ship to provide immediate access to space without pre-breathing by DSH CREW.
With a pressurized volume of just 0.62 meters cubed, the FlexCraft is meant for only one person with an “excursion time” of less than 8hrs. Its propellant will be gaseous nitrogen, and it will have a Delta-V of 21 m/s with a total gross mass projected at 452 kg.
Its one already-identified limitation will be that it cannot be used during solar particle events.
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