Current (FY 73) Issues Regarding Reusability of Spacecraft and Upper Stages for Military Missions.
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIV
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The study examined the possible contributions to military space missions of the new capabilities introduced by the space Shuttle 1 payload recovery, 2 manned tending, and 3 increased payload weight and volume at lower cost. Besides the conventional expendable mode of satellite operations, new modes of retrieval for ground refurbishment and reuse, on-orbit servicing, and on-board sortie-mode payloads become possible. The issue of the degree of reusability of an upper stage Tug to be developed for use with the Shuttle for high-altitude missions was also examined by the study. Including both transportation and payload cost savings, the results of the analysis could not support, on an economic basis, military use of a reusable Tug in preference to a minimum modification of an existing expendable stage in conjunction with extended-lifetime expendable spacecraft. Modified author abstract
- Unmanned Spacecraft