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Development of a satellite structural architecture for operationally responsive space
Author(s): Brandon J. Arritt; Steven J. Buckley; Jeffrey M. Ganley; Jeffry S. Welsh; Benjamin K. Henderson; M. Eric Lyall; Andrew D. Williams; Jeffrey C. Preble; John DiPalma; Greg Mehle; R. Roopnarine
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) is developing a satellite structural architecture in support of the Department of Defense's Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) initiative. Such a structural architecture must enable rapid Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) of the satellite, accommodate multiple configurations (to include structural configurations, components, and payloads), and incorporate structurally integrated thermal management and electronics, while providing sufficient strength, stiffness, and alignment accuracy. The chosen approach will allow a wide range of satellite structures to be assembled from a relatively small set of structural components. This paper details the efforts of AFRL, and its contractors, to develop the technology necessary to realize these goals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6930, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2008, 69300I (19 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776319
Show Author Affiliations
Brandon J. Arritt, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Steven J. Buckley, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey M. Ganley, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffry S. Welsh, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Benjamin K. Henderson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
M. Eric Lyall, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Andrew D. Williams, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey C. Preble, SpaceWorks, Inc. (United States)
John DiPalma, SpaceWorks, Inc. (United States)
Greg Mehle, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
R. Roopnarine, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6930:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2008
L. Porter Davis; Benjamin Kyle Henderson; M. Brett McMickell, Editor(s)

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