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The document JSC-07896 'Space Shuttle Baseline Reference Missions' would be an invaluable reference for anyone seeking to understand why the US Space Transportation System was designed the way it was.

But, other than one excerpt found on www.jamesoberg.com, and a couple of cryptic references in NTRS, I have not been able to locate a copy of the document.

Does anyone know if a publicly accessible copy exists?

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    $\begingroup$ Great question! I wish I knew the answer myself. Have you tried contacting the NASA archives? nasa.gov/FOIA/index.html $\endgroup$ – T.J. Tarazevits Jul 31 '15 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ Google for the win: Space shuttle baseline reference missions $\endgroup$ – ThePlanMan Aug 12 '15 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ It's not online. $\endgroup$ – Deer Hunter Aug 12 '15 at 6:36
  • $\begingroup$ That is a conference paper describing the document I'm looking for, and as @DeerHunter said, isn't linked there anyway. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 12 '15 at 12:56
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The mention of the three mission profiles in Jenkins' The Space Shuttle (p. 160) cites NASA-CR-132282, a 1973 contractor report on the heat shield, which is public and does helpfully have a brief outline of missions 1, 2, and 3. (3 had not been split into 3A and 3B yet?). Not immensely helpful, but it does at least give the basic parameters...

There's a little more detail on the various reference missions in History of Space Shuttle Rendezvous, 2011 (ch. 9) - but again not really a substitute for the full thing.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I have an older edition of Jenkins and I found this on page 119. I wish this great book had a better index. So far we've at least gotten capsule summaries of DRM 1, 2, and 3A/B. I'll look at those NTRS test reports again and see if there is any additional info. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 13 '15 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ It looks like the original outline for these will have been in the Shuttle RFP, but that doesn't seem to be online either. $\endgroup$ – Andrew Aug 13 '15 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ The documents that I found in NTRS were dispersion analyses but they all refer to these same 3 missions. I think this is as good as we will get. Thanks for the answer. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Aug 13 '15 at 16:08

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