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Small to intermediate satellites for future space science missions
Author(s): Carmine E. De Sanctis
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Paper Abstract

Spacecraft capable of carrying modest to intermediate size science payloads into Earth orbit at relatively low cost are being investigated by the Marshall Space Flight Center at the request of the Astrophysics and Space Physics Division of OSSA. Intermediate-class space science missions, such as the Lunar Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (LUTE), Inner Magnetosphere Imager (IMI), the Solar Ultraviolet Radiation and Correlative Emissions (SOURCE) experiment, and the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF-II) are expected to have a progressively larger role in NASA's space science program into the next century. These and other space science missions have been examined to define the systems, subsystems, and interface requirements needed to accomplish their stated objectives. This paper discusses the science objectives, technical requirements and major issues posed by IMI, LUTE, SOURCE, and LDEF-II and will address MSFC's new ways of doing business.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1949, Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking, (23 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157080
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Carmine E. De Sanctis, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1949:
Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking
George E. Sevaston; Richard H. Stanton, Editor(s)

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