Results of Earth Observation Study on STS-31 for Terra Geode
Research note Jan 1987-Jun 1991
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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Terra Geode is a MMIS experiment developed by the U.S. Army Engineer School. The experiment is designed to evaluate the utility of a trained military space-based observer providing information for tactical movement. The experiment is being done in four phases, 1 military astronaut observations, 2 geologist-astronaut observations, 3 military payload specialist observations, and 4 permanent manned presence in space. Phase I consisted of the planning stages and informal discussions with military astronauts who had been asked to observe certain geologist features. It was determined that further investigations were warranted for future phases. A geologist-astronaut flying on STS-31 agreed to conduct Phase 11 on a time available basis. The flight of STS- 31 was 5 days long, from 24 April to 1 May 1990. Many data points were observed during STS-3ls high altitude, short duration flight. It was determined that it is feasible to identify and record the various elements that comprise a mobility prediction, and to explore the degree of accuracies that can reasonably be expected from a trained observer in orbit. Terra Geode, MMIS Military Man in Space, Army Shuttle Experiments.
- Military Intelligence
- Manned Spacecraft