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Orbital Express program summary and mission overview
Author(s): Robert B. Friend
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Paper Abstract

The Orbital Express program was created to prove that the technical obstacles to satellite servicing were surmountable- to "take the technical excuse off the table" as it were. This mission demonstrated short range and long range autonomous rendezvous, capture and berthing, on-orbit electronics upgrades, on-orbit refueling, and autonomous fly-around visual inspection using a demonstration client satellite. The Orbital Express spacecraft were launched March 8, 2007 and completed their mission on July 22, 2007. 100% of mission success criteria and objectives were achieved. This paper describes, at a high level, the program goals and objectives, key milestones & events, accomplishments, and some of the obstacles that were overcome during the mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6958, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications II, 695803 (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783792
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Robert B. Friend, The Boeing Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6958:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications II
Richard T. Howard; Pejmun Motaghedi, Editor(s)

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