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Space Station Based Operations And Maintenance Support To Spacecraft, Platforms, And Orbit Transfer Vehicle (0TV)
Author(s): J. W. Steincamp; J. A. Mulqueen; J. W. Maloney
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Paper Abstract

The orbital servicing concepts developed for several existing and planned spacecraft are reviewed to illustrate the evolution and capabilities of Shuttle-based support services, and the potential range of future services are categorized by several criteria including transportation systems requirements, supporting facilities and equipment options, and servicing locations. Implications of Space Station-basing the services are described, along with possible implementing systems. In particular, the technique of "formation flying" by means of which spacecraft may be physically isolated from each other while maintaining reasonable propellant requirements for maneuvers between them is explored by representative examples. OTV mission support is described as an evolutionary augmentation of the basic Space Station services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1984
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0493, Optical Platforms, (23 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943807
Show Author Affiliations
J. W. Steincamp, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
J. A. Mulqueen, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
J. W. Maloney, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center and General Dynamics/Convair (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0493:
Optical Platforms
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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