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Pegasus air-launched space booster payload interfaces and processing procedures for small optical payloads
Author(s): Marty R. Mosier; Gary N. Harris; Charlie Whitmeyer
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Paper Abstract

Pegasus and the PegaStar integrated spacecraft bus are described, and an overview of integration and launch operations is provided. Payload design issues include payload volume and mass capability, payload interfaces, and design loads. Vehicle and payload processing issues include integration and handling methods, facilities, contamination control, and launch operations. It is noted that Pegasus provides small satellite users with a cost-effective means for delivering payloads into the specific orbits at the optimal time to meet the most demanding mission requirements. PegaStar provides a flexible cost-effective means for providing long-term on-orbit support while minimizing total program risk and cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45883
Show Author Affiliations
Marty R. Mosier, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
Gary N. Harris, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
Charlie Whitmeyer, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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