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Crew Optimized Shuttle/Experiment Pointing
Author(s): Alan C. Holt
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Paper Abstract

The extensive participation of the Shuttle crewmembers (Commander, Pilot, Mission Specialist, and Payload Specialist) in Shuttle/experiment pointing is required to accomplish and enhance payload pointing operations and to optimize associated data collection. For payloads requiring extensive pointing operations, the degree of mission success which can be achieved by the involvement of the crew can not be matched by a combination of remote ground operations and automation. The importance of the use of the crew's manipulative skills, scientific judgment, and flexibility in the alteration of preplanned time lines was clearly demonstrated during the Skylab Apollo Telescope Mount solar experiment operations. The payload pointing operations associated with the Spacelab Instrument Pointing System and the Annular Suspension and Pointing System Gimbal System will also extensively use these crew capabilities. Crew operations will also play a potentially important role in the use of advanced pointing systems to accurately point experiments which have an extensive interaction with the surrounding environment, such as laser experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0265, Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments, (3 April 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959846
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Alan C. Holt, NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (United States)

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

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