A Quantitative Comparison of Several Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle Configurations for Satellite Repair/Replenishment.
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The history of spaceflight is full of examples of astronaut crewmembers returning damagedmalfunctioning spacecraft to an operational status. The recent Space Shuttle rescues of Solar Max, Westar and Palapa B-11 are perhaps the most dramatic of these. The current operational concept of servicing the target vehicle on board the shuttle however limits the potential number of spacecraft which can be reached. A potential solution is to use the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle OMV that NASA is developing as a multi-role spacecraft. Use of the OMV has the potential of extending the reach of servicing to spacecraft beyond the range of the Shuttle. This paper examines three OMVServicer configurations, including both telepresence and manned version. The Analytic Hierarchy Process is used to rank order the alternatives for further study. A computer program was used to solve for the weights of the various measures of the effectiveness, and resulting priority vector was calculated. Preliminary results show the telepresence servicer rated highest, followed by the full environment manned system. Keywords Space maintenance Systems engineering Theses.