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European Pointed Experiments On The First Spacelab Payload
Author(s): Peter Dubock
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents a brief introduction to the pointing problems associated with the European part of the First Spacelab Payload. Of ten experiments which require capabilities beyond mere shuttle positioning at least two, the Grille spectrometer and the microwave remote sensing experiment require extensive on-board pointing calculations. These and several other European experiments make use of a twin head horizon sensor. The paper considers the scientific requirements for accurate pointing and discusses how these objectives can be achieved. Typical error budgets are considered, and the requirements for on-board pointing computations including crew interaction are developed. The impact of uncertainties in Shuttle and Spacelab performances is explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1981
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0265, Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments, (3 April 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959843
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Peter Dubock, European Space Agency (W.Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0265:
Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments
William Jerkovsky, Editor(s)

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