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Operational factors affecting microgravity levels in orbitMicrogravity levels desired for proposed materials processing payloads are fundamental considerations in the design of future space platforms. Disturbance sources, such as aerodynamic drag, attitude control torques, crew motion and orbital dynamics, influence the microgravity levels attainable in orbit. The nature of these effects are assessed relative to platform design parameters such as orbital altitude and configuration geometry, and examples are presented for a representative spacecraft configuration. The possible applications of control techniques to provide extremely low acceleration levels are also discussed.
Document ID
19800034143
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Olsen, R. E. (Grumman Aerospace Corp. Bethpage, NY, United States)
Mockovciak, J., Jr. (Grumman Aerospace Corp. Bethpage, N.Y., United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1980
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 80-0317
Meeting Information
Aerospace Sciences Meeting(Pasadena, CA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS8-32390
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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