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Development and Execution of End-of-Mission Operations Case Study of the UARS and ERBS End-of-Mission PlansThis Paper is a case study of the development and execution of the End-of-Mission plans for the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) and the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). The goals of the End-of-Mission Plans are to minimize the time the spacecraft remains on orbit and to minimize the risk of creating orbital debris. Both of these Missions predate the NASA Management Instructions (NMI) that directs missions to provide for safe mission termination. Each spacecrafts had their own unique challenges, which required assessing End-of-Mission requirements versus spacecraft limitations. Ultimately the End-of- Mission operations were about risk mitigation. This paper will describe the operational challenges and the lessons learned executing these End-of-Mission Plans
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Goddard Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hughes, John
(General Dynamics Corp. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Marius, Julio L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Montoro, Manuel
(Boeing Co. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Patel, Mehul
(Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Greenbelt, MD, MD, United States)
Bludworth, David
(Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Greenbelt, MD, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 19, 2006
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Meeting Information
Meeting: SpaceOps 2006
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
Start Date: June 19, 2006
End Date: June 23, 2006
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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