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Responsive satellites and the need for structural health monitoring
Author(s): Brandon J. Arritt; Amrita Kumar; Steven Buckley; Robert Hannum; Jeffry Welsh; Shawn Beard; Xinlin Qin; Peter Wegner
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Paper Abstract

The United States is striving to develop an Operationally Responsive Space capability. The goal is to be able to deliver tailored spacecraft capabilities to the warfighter as needs arise. This places a premium on the timespan between generating that requirement and having a functioning satellite performing its mission on orbit. Although there is lively debate regarding how to achieve this responsive space capability, one thing remains undeniable; the satellite flight qualification and launch vehicle integration process needs to be dramatically truncated. This paper describes the Air Force Research Laboratory's attempts to validate the use of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in lieu of traditional structural flight qualification testing schemes (static and shock loads, random vibration, coupled loads analysis, thermal vacuum testing, etc.) for potential Responsive Space (RS) satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6531, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2007, 653109 (19 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.714424
Show Author Affiliations
Brandon J. Arritt, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Amrita Kumar, Acellent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Steven Buckley, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Robert Hannum, Acellent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Jeffry Welsh, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Shawn Beard, Acellent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Xinlin Qin, Acellent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Peter Wegner, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6531:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2007
H. Felix Wu; Aaron A. Diaz; Peter J. Shull, Editor(s)

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