Integrated spacecraft design tools

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Authors
Pannebecker, Troy W.
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Agrawal, Brij N.
Loomis, Herschel H. Jr.
Date of Issue
1999-12
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December, 1999
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
Abstract
The thesis surveys current software tools to design satellites and develops an integrated spreadsheet-based tool for preliminary spacecraft design. First, several existing and future design tools - both commercially available and company proprietary are discussed and evaluated. Second, a spreadsheet-based design tool which is generally applicable to any earth-orbiting satellite is developed. Preliminary design of all satellite subsystems is performed on separate sheets of the Excel workbook. Based on user-entered orbital data, propellant and mass budgets are also calculated. The design technique and spreadsheet implementation is presented along with the underlying "first principles" theory and equations.
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Thesis
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Includes supplementary material
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xiv, 174 p.;28 cm.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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