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Mixed Mode Missions

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4-1980 8:00 AM

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Shuttle missions have typically been viewed as being devoted to a single mission mode, i.e., delivery of free flyer, Spacelab, etc. Full utilization of the STS capabilities as a platform for space research dictates a flexible strategy towards payload integration and mission design. Simple interfaces, single disciplines and large design and resource margins point the way towards lower payload integration and operation costs. Payloads for early missions, e.g., OSTA-1, OSS-1 and MEA are used as illustrations. The implication of this approach on NASA's future plans, as well as potentially new STS operational concepts, are discussed.

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Apr 1st, 8:00 AM

Mixed Mode Missions

Shuttle missions have typically been viewed as being devoted to a single mission mode, i.e., delivery of free flyer, Spacelab, etc. Full utilization of the STS capabilities as a platform for space research dictates a flexible strategy towards payload integration and mission design. Simple interfaces, single disciplines and large design and resource margins point the way towards lower payload integration and operation costs. Payloads for early missions, e.g., OSTA-1, OSS-1 and MEA are used as illustrations. The implication of this approach on NASA's future plans, as well as potentially new STS operational concepts, are discussed.

 

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