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Questions tagged [reference-request]

Should be used whenever one specific online resource or printed book/tech.report/article is required. Care should be taken to avoid asking for broad, open-ended lists. It is better to ask for references fitting specific criteria rather than for "best resources".

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Impact of Apollo moon landing to science and engineering enrolment

It is well known that the Apollo moon landing inspired countless children to study science and engineering. For example, women started participating a lot more actively in CS and Physics (the red and ...
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Is pinging the Moon with a laser as shown on “The Big Bang Theory” possible?

In an episode of season 3 of The Big Bang Theory, the cast sends a laser pulse to the Moon. This seems to be a real thing: What Neil & Buzz left on the Moon (2004). My questions are: Could ...
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Returning from Space: Re-entry - from which book is this chapter taken?

When googling about space travel, I stumbled upon this text: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/cami/library/online_libraries/aerospace_medicine/tutorial/media/...
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Research paper on 'Wait calculation' for interstellar travel

Has anybody read, or does anyone know of, a particular paper on the amount of time humanity has to "wait" before venturing in actual interstellar travel? It discusses the optimal time to launch our ...
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Role of DevOps in space exploration related digital systems

Digital technology is for sure an important component. DevOps is the practice allowing reducing time to market of digital products and increasing their quality. Now, is there a special, specific ...
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Where can I find this Space Shuttle Memo?

T. J. Fill, “PEG Prediction Corrections,” Shuttle Memo 10E-80-11, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Cambridge, MA, March 1980. And this isn't a request to violate copyright, if that's an ...
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Does anyone recognise this differential equation (from Gravity's Rainbow)?

In the novel Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, there is a chapter in which Slothrop (the main character) thinks about this equation: $$\theta \frac{d^2\phi}{dt^2} + \delta^* \frac{d\phi}{dt} + \...
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Where can I find data on current space agency contracts?

I'm trying to compile a list of current space contracts held by NASA, the CSA, and any other space-related agency so that I can get a feel for what the most heavily researched areas are. What are ...
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Where can I find the amended/improvised checklists for Apollo 13 post-accident?

I have been trying to find this online without too much avail. For my own reference and cross checking, I wanted to know where I could find the emergency checklists and the "made up on the spot" CM ...
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How do I determine what materials will burn up during reentry?

The NOAA Application for Earth Remote Sensing asks "If the satellite disposition involves an atmospheric re-entry the applicant must provide an estimate of the total debris casualty area of the ...
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Pre-flight concepts of space travel

In periods before human flight, did scientists, philosophers, or other thinkers seriously consider space travel and exploration a possibility? I have come across nineteenth-century discussions of ...
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Is this really the logo of the North Korean space program?

Reading about the North Korean space program, and its recent launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite, I stumbled upon this logo: It is referenced in quite a few news stories, like here or here, or ...
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Is there a website or database which lists launch vehicle accidents and reasons in detail?

Looking for online databases or printed compilations of launch vehicle accidents, mistakes done while fabricating rockets and preventive measure taken.
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Book recommendation for history of spaceflight [closed]

I am interested in the history of space-flight and was wondering if anyone had any good book suggestions. I have no scientific background, but am more interested in the science behind the space ...
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Is there free, accurate and updated data on planetary body positions in the solar system?

I'm a software developer and I'm trying to move towards astrophysics. I wanted to create an accurate solar system model using real-time accurate data. I've found the NASA data site, however I can only ...
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What are the causes of Reaction Wheel Failures/Anomalies? [duplicate]

What are the mechanisms of reaction wheel anomalies? Are there any fish bone or fault tree analyses on these issues?
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Is there a comprehensive list of all space probes ever launched?

I'm working on a project and I was wondering if there is a comprehensive archive or a database available out there of all of the spacecrafts and human made probes that were ever launched into space (...
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NASA Astronaut Group 2 Press Conference

Is there footage of the NASA Astronaut Group 2 press conference online? I can watch the press conference for the Mercury astronauts here, but can't find Group 2 footage. I've seen snippets of the 1962 ...
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What was the thrust-to-weight ratio during liftoff of the Atlas V OA-4 launch?

It seemed to me that today's (Dec. 6, 2015) launch of ULA's Atlas V carrying Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft in orbit and towards the International Space Station on the OA-4 mission had a particularly ...
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Radiation pattern and signal strength of navigation satellite antennas

Where can I find the actual radiation pattern and signal strength of transmitting antennas used by GNSS navigation satellites/constellations (GPS, GLONASS, IRNSS, etc)?
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What are the regulations governing (against) beards in space?

The ISS and currently used spacecraft have toxic stuff (ammonia, propellants) that makes donning gas masks a life-saver in emergency. Beards may interfere with the seal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, ...
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Ariane 5 performance data for escape missions

I would like to know the performance for escape mission of the Ariane 5 launcher. More precisely, I would like "LV Performance vs. C 3" curve. My problem is, I can find this info for a lot of ...
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Cassini flyby through Enceladus plume - How risky is that for the spacecraft and its instruments?

This Wednesday, October 28 2015 at 11:22 a.m. EDT (15:22 UTC), Cassini spacecraft will flyby through the Enceladus plume at only 30 miles (49 km) altitude to analyze plume chemistry with its ion and ...
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What is the accepted methodology for prioritizing scientific exploration missions?

This question is motivated by an argument that arose in relation to this question. We know there are decadal surveys recommending the priorities in planetary exploration. There is also a neat problem ...
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What is the status of ESA's proposed human mission to the Moon?

As part of the Aurora Exploration Programme, there is a proposed human mission to the Moon in 2024. The astronaut capsule would be launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket. What is the status of this mission?...
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Are the Mars elevation data publicly available?

Is it possible to get the data on Mars terrain somewhere? Something like SRTM data for Mars. Ideally in a format like this: X,Y,E where X and Y are coordinates ...
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What are the ISS moments of inertia around design axes?

I'm wondering where one can find more or less up-to-date data on the inertia matrix of the ISS. A full historical dataset would be great, of course. A discussion of error margins is desirable.
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Catalog of lunar crater depths and diameters

What is the most recent and comprehensive lunar craters catalog which contains information about their depths as well as diameters?
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What's the current timeline for NASA's Mars orbiter laser communications?

Dr. Jim Green, Director, NASA Planetary Science Division, mentioned during his "The Martian": Science Fiction & Science Fact talk for the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention (you can ...
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Is the document “Space Shuttle Baseline Reference Missions” available anywhere?

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. ...
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Halo vs Lissajous orbit: Which station-keeping strategy to select and when?

I'm looking for a comprehensive pros and cons of the two most commonly used station-keeping types of orbits used at libration points, Lissajous and halo orbits. When would one select one over the ...
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When New Horizons is closest to Pluto, how fast will it be going (km/s)?

I've been googling this question because I haven't seen the answer anywhere, yet I know it must be calculated with a high degree of precision. Anyone know if it will be faster or slower than its 13.8 ...
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What is a Michielsen chart and how should one use it?

I've read about a Michielsen chart, but cannot currently find Kaplan's 1976 book. What is this chart? Is it outdated nowadays?
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Mathematics of Gravity Assists

I have some old code for a simple interplanetary trajectory solver and thought it would be interesting to try and extend it to incorporate gravity assists as well. Does anyone know of any books/...
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Standard Database on Rocket Propellants

Is there a freely available and widely used, standard database on liquid rocket propellants with detailed information on the most important properties that is commonly used by NASA/associated ...
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List of space launch attempts & outcomes

Is there a current list of space launch attempts, and their outcomes? I'm not just looking for successful launches. I'm also looking to see scrubs and mission failures. The list should include, at ...
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Seeking Shuttle Orbiter Ferry Flight log

Can anyone provide a link to a detailed log of shuttle orbiter ferry flights? I'd like to know dates of all overnight stops. I can find beginning and end dates for each ferry, but info on the stops ...
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Soyuz 16 ASTP rehearsal for Apollo Soyuz - Diagram required

I recall that I saw a diagram of Soyuz 16 (the full ASTP rehearsal performed by Filiptchenko and Rukavishinikov in late 1974) made by Schliadinsky in a magazine. It featured the docking ring simulator....
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What are the technical specifications of modern reaction control systems?

I am working on a realistic space flight simulator as a hobby, but I am finding it difficult to find technical information about modern reaction control systems (RCS) like those used on the space ...
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How to model a continous burn and recalculate orbit properties post burn

I've been working on this for a while with little success. I'm trying to model a continuous burn orbit maneuver for say 5 minutes. I've tried to split the burn into multiple sub-burns that are ...
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Are there any open access space journal repositories?

I'm playing around with some machine learning software I've written. It would be theoretically possible to code this to answer real word questions (like those asked on this site). Of course any ...
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What Christmas events have happened in space?

Have there been any specifically Christmas related events in space? I assume there's a 'Christmas dinner' on the ISS, but is there anything else?
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Barriers to launching a cubesat

Cubesats and femto-sats are a nice place for universities and small enterprises to set their sights on. There are a number of sources of hardware and software (some even available at reasonably low ...
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Center of mass location on any popular rocket in any typical condition?

Where can I find the location of the center of gravity (CoG) of any rocket? I need any popular rocket, such as the Soyuz or Space Shuttle, in any typical condition, like fully fueled on the pad. ...
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Where is the best place to get a time history of launches and satellite numbers

There are a number of places you can find details about currently operational satellites, and a few sources for past values. Is there a reliable source that has the dates of each launch and how many ...
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Conversion of satellite position coordinates to local horizon reference frame (lat & long)

I'm currently working on a bit of code to calculate satellite passes for a ground station. I've found a variety of references that discuss the conversion form other coordinate reference frames to the ...
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Book recommendation for Apollo program, very specific

I'm looking for a book about the Apollo program that specifically focuses on the logistics of the mission, as if it were a case study in project management. How were records kept, goals tracked, teams ...
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How many satellites/probes will or have travelled outside the solar system?

How many human made satellites/probes have been directed outside of our solar system (or are currently within the solar system which in time will travel outside)? Is there a source that shows ...
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How can someone find the mass of debris objects in orbit

To get orbit details of a large number of objects Two line elements (TLE) datasets are often used. However since the only value that's related to mass in the TLEs is the BSTAR drag term how could I ...
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What is the hollow asteroid concept in “Mining the Sky”

The follow is from the book summary of Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets: hollow out asteroids to transform them into livable habitats for billions of space-...