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Integration is the process of assembling or otherwise combining the separate spacecraft subsystems into your final overall system.

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How to propagate the orbit of a satellite analytically using Lagrange planetary equations/VOPs and compare them with numerically propagated solution?

I have propagated the orbit of a satellite from TLE elements numerically using RK4 method. But I'm bit confused when it comes to the propagation of satellite orbits using analytical approach. From ...
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Why did SpaceX choose vertical integration for Starship?

Rockets are basically horizontally or vertically assembled and integrated. SpaceX selected horizontal integration for its current Falcon rockets, essentially for reasons of lower cost. This ...
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Which ISRO satellite was built in 24 hours?

In the video New ISRO Chief Rocket Man Sivan K, A Farmer's Son, Takes On SpaceX after about 08:33 the interviewer asks ISRO's chairperson Kailasavadivoo Sivan about ...
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How does horizontal payload mounting influence satellite design

Payloads have to withstand forces of several G, but those forces point backwards toward the rocket engines (or close to). Also, while the launcher is in the pad the satellite is subject to 1G, but ...
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What does it take to make a spacecraft able to launch on any out of several different launcher types?

Choice of launcher seems to be an early decision in the design of spacecrafts. There would be an advantage to having the option to easily change launcher, especially for an interplanetary mission with ...
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What is a "payload adapter"?

What is a "payload adapter"? For example, from the following page: The IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle installed on its payload adapter, on 26 January 2015 at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, ...
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How would we sterilize a probe to look for life? [duplicate]

If we were to ever send a probe to check for life then it's of paramount importance that we do not contaminate the target site with Earth organisms. And if there's anything we've learned from ...
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Was the NOAA-N Prime satellite really dropped on the floor?

Recently, Donald.McLean posted this image in The Pod Bay, the site chat room: It's a rather disturbing image once you think about it for more than about half a second. Did it really happen? What ...
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Primary payload influence on hitchhiking CubeSat integration and testing?

Integration is the process of assembling or otherwise combining the separate subsystems into your final overall system. Testing involves making sure your components, subsystems, and overall system ...
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Why are spacecraft assembled in cleanrooms?

You see many pictures of spacecraft being handled by people with masks and hairnets. What's the reason for this?
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