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18 Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance

Includes satellites; space platforms; space stations; spacecraft systems and components such as thermal and environmental controls; and spacecraft control and stability characteristics. For life support systems see 54 Man/System Technology and Life Support. For related information see also 05 Aircraft Design, Testing and Performance; 39 Structural Mechanics; and 16 Space Transportation and Safety.

Definition

Spacecraft Design – The act of conceiving and planning the structure, systems, and performance characteristics of any type of spacecraft including space probes, satellites, space platforms and space stations. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Spacecraft Testing – Tests, by whatever means, of a spacecraft or any equipment, system, or component used in, or on, a spacecraft to determine its suitability for, and reliability in, space flight. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Spacecraft Performance – The manner or effectiveness in which any space vehicle, space platform, or space station functions while in operation in space, or in a simulated space environment. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Research, development, testing, evaluation, or performance of any complete spacecraft, system, or component; operating problems that affect or are affected by design, development, testing, evaluation, or performance.

 

Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • active communication satellite
  • active satellite stabilization
  • artificial satellites
  • astronomical observatory satellites
  • attitude control (spacecraft)
  • automatic pilots (spacecraft)
  • cabin pressurization (spacecraft)
  • capture devices (spacecraft)
  • communication satellites
  • control effectiveness (spacecraft)
  • control systems design (spacecraft)
  • depressurization systems (spacecraft)
  • docking (spacecraft)
  • dynamic stability (spacecraft)
  • expandable structures (spacecraft)
  • fins (spacecraft)
  • flight control (spacecraft)
  • flight dynamics (spacecraft)
  • flight path control (spacecraft)
  • flutter (spacecraft)
  • flying qualities (spacecraft)
  • formation flying (satellites)
  • free flyers (spacecraft)
  • geophysical satellites
  • handling qualities (spacecraft)
  • hydraulic systems (spacecraft)
  • inflatable structures (spacecraft)
  • inlets (spacecraft)
  • International Space Station (design)
  • landing gear (spacecraft)
  • LANDSAT (configurations)
  • lateral control (spacecraft)
  • lateral stability (spacecraft)
  • longitudinal control (spacecraft)
  • longitudinal stability (spacecraft)
  • lunar landers
  • lunar orbiters
  • maneuvering (spacecraft)
  • manned orbital laboratories
  • manned spacecraft
  • meteorite protection
  • meteorological satellites
  • models (spacecraft)
  • navigation satellites
  • observation satellites
  • passive communication satellites
  • passive satellite stabilization
  • piloting (spacecraft)
  • pitch control (spacecraft)
  • pitch stability (spacecraft)
  • planetary landers
  • planetary orbiters
  • planetary probes
  • plasma wakes (spacecraft)
  • pneumatic systems (spacecraft)
  • pressurization systems (spacecraft)
  • pressurized cabins (spacecraft)
  • radiation effects on spacecraft and components
  • reaction control systems (spacecraft)
  • roll control (spacecraft)
  • roll stability (spacecraft)
  • satellite constellations
  • satellite stabilization
  • satellites for air, land, or sea navigation
  • satellites for air, land, or sea traffic control
  • scientific satellites
  • search and rescue satellites
  • SEASAT (configurations)
  • separation and staging techniques (spacecraft)
  • space flight dynamics (performance and testing)
  • space laboratories
  • space platforms
  • space probes
  • space station control
  • space station design
  • space stations
  • spacecraft antennas
  • spacecraft cabins
  • spacecraft charging
  • spacecraft components
  • spacecraft control (design and performance)
  • spacecraft design
  • spacecraft environmental control
  • spacecraft external contamination
  • spacecraft flight simulation
  • spacecraft flight tests
  • spacecraft performance
  • spacecraft simulation
  • spacecraft structures
  • spacecraft systems
  • spacecraft testing
  • spacecraft thermal control
  • spacelab (design and testing)
  • stability (spacecraft)
  • stability augmentation (spacecraft)
  • stability derivatives (spacecraft)
  • stabilization surfaces (spacecraft)
  • static stability (spacecraft)
  • synchronous satellites
  • tethered satellite systems
  • thermal protection systems (spacecraft)
  • tracking and data relay satellites
  • unfoldable structures (spacecraft)
  • vibration (spacecraft) (for effects on structural elements and fatigue see 39 Structural Mechanics)
  • Viking space probe
  • weather satellites
  • wind tunnel tests (spacecraft)
  • yaw control (spacecraft)
  • yaw stability (spacecraft)