Launch Vehicle Front End Cover and Retraction System

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Northrop Grumman
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Northrop Grumman uses flythrough covers to cloak the shapes of launch vehicles and protect their frontends from environmental conditions. However, these covers are not reusable.

This team tested and modeled a reusable frontend cover and cable and spool retraction system, whereby the cover can be removed without recontacting the vehicle.

The cover has a clamshell-like opening and is made of a soft, durable, inflatable material. It protects the vehicle from high temperatures, wind, precipitation and humidity and can be used two or three times within a year. The easily assembled, operated and transported retraction system can be adapted to different launch sites and vehicle heights.

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