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Early results from NASA's assessment of satellite servicing
Author(s): Benjamin B. Reed; Jacqueline A. Townsend; Harley A. Thronson; Mansoor Ahmed; Arthur O. Whipple; William R. Oegerle
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Paper Abstract

Following recommendations by the NRC, NASA's FY 2008 Authorization Act and the FY 2009 and 2010 Appropriations bills directed NASA to assess the use of the human spaceflight architecture to service existing/future observatory-class scientific spacecraft. This interest in satellite servicing, with astronauts and/or with robots, reflects the success that NASA achieved with the Shuttle program and HST on behalf of the astronomical community as well as the successful construction of ISS. This study, led by NASA GSFC, will last about a year, leading to a final report to NASA and Congress in autumn 2010. We will report on its status, results from our March satellite servicing workshop, and recent concepts for serviceable scientific missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773103 (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857406
Show Author Affiliations
Benjamin B. Reed, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jacqueline A. Townsend, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Harley A. Thronson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mansoor Ahmed, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Arthur O. Whipple, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William R. Oegerle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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