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Ross
Feb. 7, 2022
11:11 a.m. PST

Question on Hatch and Airlock Material

Are there any specifications on the material used for the airlocks and hatches? Or is it safe to assume NASA used Aluminum on both?
9 Replies

Shane Jenkins HeroX team
Feb. 7, 2022
4:26 p.m. PST
@Ross Palatan
Hi there, Ross. I will check with the NASA team about your question and get back to you. Thanks!

Shane Jenkins HeroX team
Feb. 8, 2022
10:06 a.m. PST
@Ross Palatan
Hello again, the team has confirmed that airlocks and hatches are normally made of mostly aluminum with some steel parts. For example, you can read about one air lock's specifications here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quest_Joint_Airlock

Ross
Feb. 8, 2022
10:07 a.m. PST
Alright! Thank you, Shane!

WidgetBlender
Feb. 17, 2022
7:29 a.m. PST
Any possibility of a CAD file for both or either airlock?

Jim
March 4, 2022
11:58 a.m. PST
A parasolid.x_t or equivalent should be available from the final design files.

WidgetBlender
March 4, 2022
12:44 p.m. PST
I will need a web link, thanks

Ross
March 4, 2022
5:39 p.m. PST
Hi, WidgetBlender! NASA already provided the necessary dimensions and pictures that can be found in the resources tab. If you need a 3D model of it, I’m afraid you’d have to make it yourself. That’s just what I did. They can’t give us everything.

WidgetBlender
March 5, 2022
5:38 a.m. PST
Just needed to be very sure before I did it by eye.  As there is a pretty low expected ROI on this challenge does not want to WASTE time (pun intended).

Ross
March 5, 2022
5:41 a.m. PST
Yeah sadly that’s true, and good pun btw 🤣👌
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