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AKM capture deviceIn an effort to recover the Westar and Palapa satellites and the considerable investment each represented, NASA and Hughes undertook the Satellite Retrieval Mission. The mechanism used to capture each of the errant satellites was the AKM (Apogee Kick Motor) Capture Device (ACD), also referred to as the Stinger. The ACD had three interface requirements: interface with the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) for transportation to and stabilization of the spacecrafts; interface with each satellite for retrieval; and finally, interface with the Shuttle's Remote Manipulator System (RMS or robot arm) for satellite transport back to the Orbiter's payload bay. The majority of the design requirements were associated with the capture and release of the satellites. In addition to these unique requirements, the general EVA, RMS grapple, and RMS manipulation requirements applied. These requirements included thermal, glare, snag, RMS runaway and crewman safety considerations.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Harwell, William D. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: The 21st Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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