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Use Of Space Station For Earth And Planetary Exploration
Author(s): William L. Piotrowski
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Paper Abstract

Studies of the observing needs of a diverse set of space science and application disciplines from the late 1980's through the 1990's indicate that individual science questions require multiple sensors and that there is considerable overlap in the observations needed to answer different questions. Subsequent studies of the data acquisition requirements for these sensors also indicated a synergism to be gained from grouping of instruments with similar orbital and orientation requirements. Other studies have suggested that a cost-effective approach to implementing these requirements would be to group instrument sets on several large platforms with different orbital parameters. These space platforms would have large mounting areas capable of accommodating a number of large instruments and these instruments would share a common power supply, attitude controls, thermal control, communication link, etc. In addition, these space platforms could be serviced by the Space Shuttle, thereby providing a capability to replace or upgrade individual instruments or instrument sets, change out instruments at the focal plane of a large telescope, replenish consumables, and provide general maintenance and repair services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1983
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 0414, Optical Engineering for Cold Environments, (22 September 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935883
Show Author Affiliations
William L. Piotrowski, Earth and Planetary Exploration Division (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0414:
Optical Engineering for Cold Environments
George W. Aitken, Editor(s)

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