Plan for Space Station Polar-Orbiting Platform.
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE DATA AND INFORMATION SERVICE WASHINGTON DC
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This ENVIROSAT-2000 Report concerns utilization of the polar platform component of NASAs Space Station program. Issues covered in the report include instrument payloads, altitudes, orbits, serviceability, communications, and data processing. A scenario is set forth for operational utilization of the platform, including issues surrounding integration of operational and research missions. The discussion is broken down by discipline oceanography, meteorology, land sciences, atmospheric sciences, and solar-terrestrial investigations. A cost analysis shows that performing NOAA operations from the polar platforms would prove extremely beneficial by replacing the expendable two Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite POES system that NOAA now maintains. Keywords Space remote sensing, Environmental satellites, Satellite remote sensing.
- Manned Spacecraft