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Flight Accommodations Using A Special Structure
Author(s): B. G. Noblitt; Robert McAnnally
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Paper Abstract

The need to provide early low cost STS flight accommodations for an unusually heavy instrument package requiring no subsystems support led to the design requirements for a special payload carrier. An additional requirement was for multiple reflights of the payload. A carrier, the Mission Peculiar Equipment Support Structure (MPESS), is being developed to meet this need by supporting the OSTA-2 payload for an early NASA/BMFT cooperative materials processing mission. Full utilization of the STS for space research dictates a flexible strategy for the payload integration and mission design, both are supported by the MPESS design. The modular design of the MPESS provides a capability for supporting payloads at multiple locations within the STS Orbiter cargo bay. The design philosophy, development status, and experiment integration concepts for the MPESS carrier are discussed. Early STS missions (OSTA-2 and OAST-l) are used as examples of operational uses of the MPESS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1982
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0284, NASA-ESA Spacelab Systems and Programs, (1 February 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.965775
Show Author Affiliations
B. G. Noblitt, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Robert McAnnally, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0284:
NASA-ESA Spacelab Systems and Programs
Jesse W. Moore, Editor(s)

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