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- Payloads onboard the Space Station will be subjected to a steady state acceleration level dominated by gravity gradient and aerodynamic drag forces. The g-level due to gravity gradient forces depends on the payload location relative to the center of mass, whereas the g-level due to aerodynamic drag may be assumed nearly constant throughout the Space Station. The vector of acceleration due to aerodynamic drag can always be broken down into three orthogonal components, in the direction opposite to the velocity vector, along the local vertical, and perpendicular to the orbit plane. It will be shown that the gravity gradient term has two components, which are orthogonal to one another. One component is along the local vertical and the other is perpendicular to the orbit plane. Thus, the combination of all components form an orthogonal triad of vectors. Addressed here are the payload location constraints to satisfy the requirements of 1 micro-g. The permissible locations are within an open-ended tube having an elliptical cross section, which is aligned with the velocity vector and centered on the system center of mass.
- Document ID: 19910003109.
Accession ID: 91N12422.
Measurement and Characterization of the Acceleration Environment on Board the Space Station; 14 p.
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