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NASA Space Shuttle STS-96 Press Kit

NASA Space Shuttle STS-96 Press Kit

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NASA press kit for the STS-96 Space Shuttle mission. Published by NASA in 1999.
NASA press kit for the STS-96 Space Shuttle mission. Published by NASA in 1999.

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The objective of this DTO is to characterize the performance of the orbiter's
solid-state star tracker with a large and bright target-the International Space
Station. Laboratory tests show that the SSST can track significantly larger
and brighter objects than the orbiter's other star tracker-the
image-dissecting tracker. Since the ISS will reach a size very early in the
assembly sequence that could prohibit IDT operations under certain
conditions, it may be necessary to use the SSST to track the space station
during orbiter passes.

At a minimum, the SSST should be verified to accurately track ISS up to
22.6 arcminutes, which is the largest size tested in the lab and the number
that was used in analyzing potential problems because of the size of the
ISS. If possible, the absolute upper limit in the size of an object that the
SSST can track will be determined.

This DTO will be performed when the orbiter separates from the ISS but
only if specific lighting conditions exist.

This is the first of three planned flights.

Updated: 05/11/1999




Space Integrated Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation
DTO 700-15

Prime: Kent Rominger
Backup: Rick Husband


The space integrated Global Positioning System/inertial navigation system
is intended to replace the shuttle's onboard tactical navigation system and,
eventually, its inertial measurement units. The DTO will evaluate the
system's performance in space flight to reduce the technical and schedule
risks associated with applying this new technology to the shuttle navigation

In addition to demonstrating the new navigation system's performance in a
realistic space vehicle environment during all mission phases, DTO 700-15
will prove the ability of the modified commercial military-grade unit to
accurately perform all required functions in the harsh environment of space
and determine if any changes of the unit are needed to support navigation
in space.

This is the fifth flight of DTO 700-15. It was last flown on STS-88. Fourteen
flights are planned.

Updated: 05/11/1999




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