Damping in Support Structures for Satellite Equipment Reliability - RELSAT (Reliability for Satellite Equipment in Environmental Vibration),
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA SPACE SYSTEMS DIV
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This paper presents a discussion of the General Electric RELSAT Reliability for Satellite Equipment in Environmental Vibration program. This program is sponsored by the Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories. The need for and benefits from applying vibration during launch and ground vibration tests are discussed. Application of the same technology would directly benefit efforts to provide very stable platforms to meet high pointing accuracy requirements of satellites. The technology used to develop damped panel designs is discussed briefly, and a cost-reliability model used to assess the cost benefit of reduced vibration is described. The RELSAT program to demonstrate this technology for vibration reduction of damped satellite equipment panels is described.