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Post-launch experience of the Hubble Space Telescope: reflections upon the design and operation
Author(s): Arthur J. Bradley; Gerald S. Nurre; W. Ochs; J. Ryan; Hugh Dougherty; N. Robert Bennett; Linda Abramowicz-Reed; Gregory C. Andersen; William G. Crabb
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Paper Abstract

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is an orbiting astronomical observatory, designed to operate as close as possible to ground based instrumentation, given the limitation of operating in a low earth orbit. The spacecraft design had to accommodate an absolute pointing accuracy of 0.01 arc seconds, a relative pointing stability of 0.007 arc seconds rms, the capability to maneuver 90 degrees in 18 minutes, and operate autonomously in a safemode control scheme for up to 72 hours. Furthermore, the design had to provide for a flexible, stored command methodology, and real-time command capability. This paper briefly reviews the spacecraft engineering hardware and software design. A detailed critique of the on-orbit performance of the spacecraft is provided. Enhancements and work-around, which have enabled HST to continue implementation of a successful science plan, are explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1945, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.158798
Show Author Affiliations
Arthur J. Bradley, Allied Signal Aerospace Co. (United States)
Gerald S. Nurre, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. Ochs, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Ryan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Hugh Dougherty, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
N. Robert Bennett, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Linda Abramowicz-Reed, Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Gregory C. Andersen, Jackson & Tull (United States)
William G. Crabb, Allied Signal Technical Services (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1945:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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