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Small satellite launch capability of the Boeing Inertial Upper Stage (IUS)
Author(s): Donald Platt; Christopher Antalek; Jennifer D. Bocchicchio; Dale Katz; Greg Keleshian; Paul Martin
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Paper Abstract

We present a design for taking advantage of the Boeing inertial upper Stage (IUS) to provide a means of launching small satellites as passengers on a Titan IV-IUS launch of a 1775 kg communications satellite. An overview of a design to use the extra propulsive capability of the IUS to place small satellites into orbit is discussed. It is our proposal to have small satellites travel with the IUS into geostationary orbit and then release the satellites after the main satellite has been released. Alternatively, several small satellite buses could be stacked together on a dedicated mission to launch a series of small or microsatellites into any desired orbit including interplanetary missions. This design project was part of a joint space engineering class offered by Boeing, University of Central Florida and Florida Institute of Technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3119, Multispectral Imaging for Terrestrial Applications II, (19 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278941
Show Author Affiliations
Donald Platt, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)
Christopher Antalek, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Jennifer D. Bocchicchio, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)
Dale Katz, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Greg Keleshian, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Paul Martin, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3119:
Multispectral Imaging for Terrestrial Applications II
Joan B. Lurie; Thomas Delaney, Editor(s)

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