On-Orbit and In-Plant Satellite Storage.
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF SATELLITE SYSTEMS DIV
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The increasing need to maintain uninterrupted military communications service and the economies inherent in batch satellite buys have forced programs to decide on a mode of storage for those satellites not immediately needed for the on-orbit operational system. The experience of on-going satellite programs is reviewed to determine the relative benefits of on-orbit versus on-the-ground in-plant storage. Design factors that must be considered for storage on orbit are addressed and show that the impact on satellite design is small. Data on the operability of units black boxes that were turned on after years of on-orbit dormancy indicated very low on-orbit dormancy failure rates.
- Unmanned Spacecraft