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Orbiter contamination controls during maintenance down period: an approach for sensitive payloads
Author(s): Patricia A. Hansen; Keith Albyn; Carol C. Nguyen; Eugene N. Borson
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Paper Abstract

The orbiters undergo periodic maintenance during which extensive mechanical and electrical system inspection, upgrades and/or refurbishment are performed. For sensitive payloads, new materials added to the orbiter midbody (payload bay) area is of concern for the first flight after an orbiter maintenance down period (OMDP). Discovery, (OV- 103), recently underwent an OMDP, and the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 2 will be its first flight after OMDP. Due to the contamination sensitivity of the Hubble Space Telescope, a program was implemented to monitor the nonvolatile residue and particle levels of the midbody during the OMDP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2864, Optical System Contamination V, and Stray Light and System Optimization, (11 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258337
Show Author Affiliations
Patricia A. Hansen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Keith Albyn, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Carol C. Nguyen, Rockwell Corp. (United States)
Eugene N. Borson, Swales and Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2864:
Optical System Contamination V, and Stray Light and System Optimization
Robert P. Breault; A. Peter M. Glassford; Stephen M. Pompea; Robert P. Breault; Stephen M. Pompea, Editor(s)

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