Accession Number:

ADA300272

Title:

Bimodal Satellite Mission Study.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Mar 92-Sep 93,

Corporate Author:

PHILLIPS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

70.0

Abstract:

While space system launch and operational costs continue to rise, funding levels for research and procurement are declining drastically. Placing a satellite in geosynchronous earth orbit GEO can cost as much as 77,OOOkg of payload. Military systems such as MlLSTAR, a jam-resistant secure communications satellite, are being examined for redesign in order to place them on smaller, less expensive launch vehicles. Such a stepdown e.g. from a Titan IV to an Atlas booster decreases payload capability but lowers launch costs. The decrease in cost can be significant MlLSTARS baseline launcher, Titan IVCentaur, is estimate to cost as much as 400M. Moving the payload onto a Titan III or Atlas IIAS could save 250M or more.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE