Shuttle Impact on Communications Satellites as Seen from the User Viewpoint.
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF
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The impact of the Space Transportation System STS on communication satellites during and beyond the transition period for civilian and military projects is examined. The 15-ft diameter by 60-ft long shuttle cargo bay, its 65,000-lb east launch payload capability, and use of either solid spinning perigee kick systems or the interim upper stage IUS constitute the elements that may permit economical use of the STS by payload sharing of the cargo bay. A measure of spacecraft growth in weight and capability plus changes in configuration for STS adaptation can be expected. Profitable cargo bay length utilization and mixed payload integration planning will be some of the most important issues to be resolved. Author
- Unmanned Spacecraft