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Comparative evaluation of existing expendable upper stages for space shuttleThe use of existing expendable upper stages in the space shuttle during its early years of operation is evaluated. The Burner 2, Scout, Delta, Agena, Transtage, and Centaur were each studied under contract by their respective manufacturers to determine the extent and cost of the minimum modifications necessary to integrate the stage with the shuttle orbiter. A comparative economic analysis of thirty-five different families of these stages is discussed. Results show that the overall transportation system cost differences between many of the families are quite small. However, by considering several factors in addition to cost, it is possible to select one family as being representative of the capability of the minimum modification existing stage approach. The selected family meets all of the specified mission requirements during the early years of shuttle operation.
Document ID
19740022194
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Weyers, V. J. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Sagerman, G. D. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Borsody, J. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Lubick, R. J. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1974
Subject Category
SPACE VEHICLES
Report/Patent Number
NASA-TM-X-71579
E-8026
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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