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ESPA: EELV secondary payload adapter with whole-spacecraft isolation for primary and secondary payloads
Author(s): Joseph R. Maly; Scott A. Haskett; Paul S. Wilke; E. C. Fowler; Dino Sciulli; Troy E. Meink
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Paper Abstract

ESPA, the Secondary Payload Adapter for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles, addresses two of the major problems currently facing the launch industry: the vibration environment of launch vehicles, and the high cost of putting satellites into orbit. (1) During the 1990s, billions of dollars have been lost due to satellite malfunctions, resulting in total or partial mission failure, which can be directly attributed to vibration loads experienced by payloads during launch. Flight data from several recent launches have shown that whole- spacecraft launch isolation is an excellent solution to this problem. (2) Despite growing worldwide interest in small satellites, launch costs continue to hinder the full exploitation of small satellite technology. Many small satellite users are faced with shrinking budgets, limiting the scope of what can be considered an 'affordable' launch opportunity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3989, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Damping and Isolation, (27 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384583
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph R. Maly, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Scott A. Haskett, U.S. Air Force Space and Mission System Ctr. (United States)
Paul S. Wilke, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
E. C. Fowler, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Dino Sciulli, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Troy E. Meink, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3989:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Damping and Isolation
T. Tupper Hyde, Editor(s)

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