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Atmospheric verification mission for the TSS/STARFAC tethered satelliteTwo types of a tethered satellite system (TSS) - a basic 1.8-m-diameter spherical spacecraft and the Shuttle Tethered Aerothermodynamic Research Facility (STARFAC) are considered. Issues related to the deployment and retrieval of a large satellite with exceedingly long tethers are discussed, and the objectives of an Atmospheric Verification Mission (ATM) are outlined. Focus is concentrated on the ATM satellite which will fly after TSS-1 and before the fully instrumented and costlier TSS-2. The differences between the AVM and TSS-2, including the configuration of the aerodynamic stabilizers, instrumentation, and the materials of construction are outlined. The basic Kevlar tether defined for the TSS-2 is being considered for use with the AVM, however, a complex tether is under consideration as well.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Wood, George M., Jr.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Stuart, Thomas D.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Crouch, Donald S.
(Martin Marietta Corp. Aerospace Group, Denver, CO, United States)
Deloach, Richard
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Brown, Kenneth G.
(Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 91-0534
Accession Number
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