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D-2 acceleration characterization
Author(s): Hans Hamacher; U. Bluemel
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Paper Abstract

During the second German Spacelab Mission D-2, extensive onboard measurements of the residual acceleration were performed. The payload was equipped with accelerometer packages distributed over the entire Spacelab module. The microgravity measurement assembly (MMA) was the core system comprising fixed mounted as well as mobile sensor packages. Additional autonomous accelerometer systems were mounted within the payload elements MEDEA and Werkstofflabor. On-board video recording has been performed to correlate the measured accelerations to mission events. The D-2 microgravity characterization program also included numerical calculations to predict low frequency effects due to atmospheric drag, tidal force, and spacecraft rotation. Results of characteristic quiet mission phases show that the microgravity level is essentially below the requirements defined for the space station. Other results of some other mission phases revealed that a wealth can be done by improving payload design and operation to improve the microgravity quality of Spacelab missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2220, Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles, (13 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179598
Show Author Affiliations
Hans Hamacher, German Aerospace Research Establishment/DLR (Germany)
U. Bluemel, German Aerospace Research Establishment/DLR (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2220:
Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles
Jacques G. Verly; Sharon S. Welch, Editor(s)

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