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- Access to space and cost have been two major inhibitors of low Earth orbit research. The Retrievable Payload Carrier (RPC) Program is a commercial space program which strives to overcome these two barriers to space experimentation. The RPC Program's fleet of spacecraft, ground communications station, payload processing facility, and experienced integration and operations team will provide a convenient 'one-stop shop' for investigators seeking to use the unique vantage point and environment of low Earth orbit for research. The RPC is a regularly launched and retrieved, free-flying spacecraft providing resources adequate to meet modest payload/experiment requirements, and presenting ample surface area, volume, mass, and growth capacity for investigator usage. Enhanced capabilities of ground communications, solar-array-supplied electrical power, central computing, and on-board data storage pick up on the path where NASA's Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) blazed the original technology trail. Mission lengths of 6-18 months, or longer, are envisioned. The year 1992 was designated as the 'International Space Year' and coincides with the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. This is a fitting year in which to launch the full scale development of our unique shop of discovery whose intent is to facilitate retrieving technological rewards from another new world: space. Presented is an update on progress made on the RPC Program's development since the November 1991 LDEF Materials Workshop.
- Document ID: 19930020516.
Accession ID: 93N29705.
NASA. Langley Research Center, LDEF: 69 Months in Space. Part 4: Second Post-Retrieval Symposium; p 1511-1520.
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