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The Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Missions: Past, Present, and Future Operational ChallengesThe Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a complex spacecraft designed to conduct leading edge scientific observations over a planned fifteen year mission lifetime. It was designed for servicing by the Space Shuttle to upgrade systems, replace failed components, and boost into a higher orbit. There are many operational challenges that must be addressed in preparing for and executing a Servicing Mission (SM) which range from both technical to managerial issues. This paper will be exploring the operational challenges faced by the HST Operations and Ground System Project in supporting the First Servicing Mission (FSM) and future Servicing Missions. We give special emphasis to those areas that helped ensure mission success. These areas include training, testing, and contingency planning.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
William R Ochs (Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Maryland, United States)
George M Barbehenn (Lockheed Martin (United States) Bethesda, Maryland, United States)
William G Crabb (AlliedSignal Morristown, New Jersey, United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Fourth International Symposium on Space Mission Operations and Ground Data Systems (SpaceOps 96)
Volume: 3
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
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Meeting Information
4th International Symposium on Space Mission Operations & Ground Data System (SpaceOps 96)(Munich)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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