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On-Orbit Servicing of Space Systems [Donald M. Waltz, 1993] (hardcover)
Donald M. Waltz
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283 pgs, 1993, Krieger Publishing
This book is an all-encompassing look at on-orbit satellite servicing. It addresses technical, programmatic, and economic servicing issues. Donald Waltz suggests that three things are central to building a successful national servicing program: The ability to access space systems with servicing capability; the ability of space systems to be serviced; and the ability to create a national plan encompassing the interests and needs of NASA, DoD, and the commercial world.
The author traces the development of shuttle servicing concepts from both manned and unmanned perspectives. Space Station Freedom will provide a permanent repair base in orbit and is highlighted as yet another step in the evolution and maturation of space exploration. Robotics usage and orbital maneuvering are explored in depth. Concepts of common interfaces, standard services and tools, and common hardware for cost-effective logistics are discussed at length.
This book traces the history of orbital servicing; shows the status of servicing today; then presents information on mission operations, spacecraft design, servicing equipment, and benefits/economics. The final chapter depicts a possible road map to future orbital servicing as a national capability.
The book makes the points that:
On-orbit satellite servicing is technically feasible
Space servicing will support and benefit a wide range of NASA, DoD, commercial and international missions.
The Space Shuttle and the Space Station Freedom can and must play vital roles in developing a national satellite servicing capability.
Satellite servicing, to be successful, must be a two-way street.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Background
- Status of Satellite Servicing
- Mission Operations
- Orbital Maneuvers
- Steps to Spacecraft Design
- Serviceable Spacecraft
- Manned Servicing
- Automated Servicing
- Benefits and Economics
- Road Map to On-Orbit Satellite Servicing
Appendix A: Acronyms and Glossary
Appendix B: SAMS Study Summery
Appendix C: On-Orbit Servicing Checklist
Appendix D: Add-A-Pod Concept