Accession Number:

ADA409966

Title:

A Systems Engineering Study of Gossamer Optical Satellites

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Oct 2001-1 Feb 2002

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIRTLAND AFB NMSPACE VEHICLES DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

This paper describes a systems engineering modeling effort for very large, Gossamer, space optical systems. The focus of this effort was to determine the effect proposed Gossamer technology has on top-level performance parameters and total systems weight and power. For each technology chosen, system performance was evaluated using first principals approaches and then de-convolved into its specific hardware items. These specific hardware items and their performance, once identified, were flowed up into a single payload weight estimate. The payload weight was then combined with mission and spacecraft performance variables to create a single satellite system weight estimate. Finally, sensitivity of payload performance parameters within the payload weight estimate was performed in an attempt to understand the importance of the assumed technology performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE