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The Evolution of the Rendezvous Profile During the Space Shuttle ProgramThe rendezvous and proximity operations approach design techniques for space shuttle missions has changed significantly during the life of the program in response to new requirements that were not part of the original mission design. The flexibility of the shuttle onboard systems design and the mission planning process has allowed the program to meet these requirements. The design of the space shuttle and the shift from docking to grappling with a robotic ann prevented use of legacy Apollo rendezvous techniques. Over the life of the shuttle program the rendezvous profile has evolved due to several factors, including lowering propellant consumption and increasing flexibility in mission planning. Many of the spacecraft that the shuttle rendezvoused with had unique requirements that drove the creation of mission-unique proximity operations. The dockings to the Russian Mir space station and International Space Station (ISS) required further evolution of rendezvous and proximity operations techniques and additional sensors to enhance crew situational awareness. After the Columbia accident, a Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver (RPM) was added to allow tile photography from ISS. Lessons learned from these rendezvous design changes are applicable to future vehicle designs and operations concepts.
Document ID
20100017608
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Summa, William R.
(United Space Alliance Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
April 30, 2010
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
JSC-CN-20533
Meeting Information
AIAA Annual Technical Symposium(Houston, TX)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNJ06VA01C
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
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