The Soft Stowage® catalog: A new approach to procuring space qualified hardware

Smith, David A.
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p1582
Academic Journal
The patented Soft Stowage® Human Space Logistics System had already proven itself within the Shuttle system of reusable carriers where it has been used extensively to transport cargo both up to and down from the Russian Mir Space Station. For the International Space Station (ISS) however, Boeing wanted to offer a seamless product line that offered launch/landing and orbital stowage hardware, as well as associated integration services that reduce the time, documentation, and cost of transporting goods between earth and earth orbit. To meet that objective Boeing developed a comprehensive Soft Stowage® commercial catalog that offers both fixed pricing and delivery of standard items six weeks from order. The ability to obtain modular stowage accommodation elements through a standardized catalog promises to significantly reduce the cost and time to get payload to orbit. To date, Boeing’s Soft Stowage® Catalog has supported delivery of over 600 elements to Spacelab, SPACEHAB, ISS and other payload customers. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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