A Systems Engineering Study of Gossamer Optical Satellites
Final rept. 1 Oct 2001-1 Feb 2002
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIRTLAND AFB NMSPACE VEHICLES DIRECTORATE
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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.
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