An overview of autonomous rendezvous and docking system technology development
- Nelson, Kurt D.
- JAN 1, 1991.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
- The Centaur upper stage was selected for an airborne avionics modernization program. The parts used in the existing avionics units were obsolete. Continued use of existing hardware would require substantial redesign, yet would result in the use of outdated hardware. Out of date processes, with very expensive and labor intensive technologies, were being used for manufacturing. The Atlas/Centaur avionics were to be procured at a fairly high rate that demanded the use of modern components. The new avionics also reduce size, weight, power, and parts count with a dramatic improvement in reliability. Finally, the cost leverage derived from upgrading the avionics as opposed to any other subsystem for the existing Atlas/Centaur was a very large consideration in the upgrade decision. The upgrade program is a multiyear effort that began in 1989. It includes telemetry, guidance and navigation, control electronics, thrust vector control, and redundancy levels.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19930012242.
Accession ID: 93N21431.
NASA, Washington, NASA Automated Rendezvous and Capture Review. Executive Summary; p 22-23.
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