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Exploration Docking Hatch (EDH)

Completed Technology Project

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Docking Hatch

The Exploration Docking Hatch Project was forged as a partnership between the Advanced Exploration Systems Program, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program, and JSC Engineering to develop a forward extensible docking hatch applicable to near term uses and longer term exploration needs at a shared cost.    

A deep space compatible docking hatch is necessary for missions beyond LEO (low Earth orbit). This project takes steps toward development of a standard, weight-optimized docking hatch system compatible with the international docking standard and available for use by government and commercial partners on the road to exploration. This eliminates redundant development costs among partners and allows partners to focus on their core technologies.

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