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Expendable solid rocket motor upper stages for the Space ShuttleA family of expendable solid rocket motor upper stages has been conceptually defined to provide the payloads for the Space Shuttle with performance capability beyond the low earth operational range of the Shuttle Orbiter. In this concept-feasibility assessment, three new solid rocket motors of fixed impulse are defined for use with payloads requiring levels of higher energy. The conceptual design of these motors is constrained to limit thrusting loads into the payloads and to conserve payload bay length. These motors are combined in various vehicle configurations with stage components derived from other programs for the performance of a broad range of upper-stage missions from spin-stabilized, single-stage transfers to three-axis stabilized, multistage insertions. Estimated payload delivery performance and combined payload mission loading configurations are provided for the upper-stage configurations.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Davis, H. P.
Jones, C. M.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, Tex., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1974
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 74-1091
Meeting Information
Meeting: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Society of Automotive Engineers, Propulsion Conference
Location: San Diego, CA
Start Date: October 21, 1974
End Date: October 23, 1974
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Automotive Engineers
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