Rendezvous and Proximity Operations of the Space Shuttle
- Goodman, John L.
- September 11, 2005.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
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- Space Shuttle rendezous missions presented unique challenges that were not fully recognized when the Shuttle was designed. Rendezvous targets could be passive (i.e., no lights or transponders), and not designed to facilitate Shuttle rendezvous, proximity operations and retrieval. Shuttle reaction control system jet plume impingement on target spacecraft presented induced dynamics, structural loading and contamination concerns. These issues, along with limited forward reaction control system propellant, drove a change from the Gemimi/Apollo coelliptic profile heritage to a stable orbit profile, and the development of new proximity operations techniques. Multiple scientific and on-orbit servicing missions and crew exchange, assembly and replinishment flights to Mir and to the International Space Station drove further profile and piloting technique changes, including new relative navigation sensors and new computer generated piloting cues.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20070013549.
- Copyright, Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights.
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