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Questions tagged [spacecraft]

Questions regarding the craft that house humans or equipment during space exploration.

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Can you avoid the costs of cooling superconductors for magnetic shields by separating them from the spacecraft and using shades?

As the answer to this thread states, cooling superconductors in spacecraft is necessary because of waste heat from secondary systems and thermal radiation of the sun. The application in which ...
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Would it be better to build a Mars-fairing ship on land or in space?

This answer says: We do not have a human-rated rocket which can send a sizable payload to Mars. The Falcon Heavy is certainly capable of sending a payload there, but the rocket would need to be ...
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What is the largest delta-v ever produced in space from mechanically stored energy?

The math behind this answer suggests that while the delta-v delivered from hand-throwing an object from the ISS would not produce prompt de-orbit and atmospheric reentry, it would still lower the ...
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thrusters, force torque, distribution matrix , orbit maneuver

I have a few questions about computing torques and forces. I use the same configuration as in the thesis titled An Attitude Control Sysytem Design Based on the Turksat-1b Geostationary Satellite. ...
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Can you use magnets to travel through space?

My thought process is that there is very little friction in space minus gravitational pull. Which could be a good thing if you wanted to go faster or slow down. The question is, is it possible to ...
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How does a space probe maintain its trajectory while passing through the extreme gravitational field of the gas giants of our solar system?

Space probes like Voyager 1, 2, New Horizons, etc, traveled beyond those gas giants, how did they cope up with their extreme gravity? How was the trajectory of these probes unhindered by the immense ...
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Once a spacecraft is in space what factors determines its top speed?

Is there a limitation of speed of a spacecraft in space because of suns gravity? Is the speed purely dependent on the engineering? Or other factors comes into play?
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Why do we not fly to space with helicopters? What are the practical altitude limits?

People will tell that there is no air, and this is why we cannot. But if I read on the internet, there is air in space, much less, but still something. for example, 100 km - 0.0000006 times as much ...
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Are there any large satellite hardware suppliers for components or buses? (For CubeSats, SmallSats, Rovers, etc…)

I am looking for online catalogs of hardware either semi-COTS or full COTS (radios, antennas, thrusters, command and data handing boards, batteries, attitude control, etc...) that can be used in space ...
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Repurposing a nuclear submarine for space travel

Although a nuclear submarine might not make a great spacecraft, would it be possible to repurpose it for space travel? Benchmark: USS Illinois (SSN-786), Virginia-class submarine (born in Virginia, ...
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What is the general shape and size of a space probe, and how are they launched?

I am totally blind, and I haven't felt any models of space probes, so I have no idea how big they are, what their general shapes are, or what kind of launch systems they use. I'm assuming space probes ...
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Spacecraft Inertial Data

I am a developer of motion analytics algorithm. Having been using a 9 Dof IMU strap-down onto human and land vehicles for this algorithm. Would be interested to run my algorithm of a spacecraft IMU ...
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American Railgun and rocket [duplicate]

So I've seen the railgun before, and it suddenly come up in my mind: can we accelerate a space shuttle/rocket to a high speed,before turning on the engines?Will it save fuel of destroy electronics?
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Remaining fuel estimation/measuring Strategy in a spacecraft

During descent of a spacecraft to any planetary body the spacecraft uses retro engine with variable throttle to reduce the vehicle velocity to zero at touchdown. Inorder to compute for the amount of ...
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TLE SGP4 Coordinate Transformations

I am working on developing a user friendly SGP4 orbit propagator in C on a PIC24. I have extensively read Revisiting Spacetrack Report #3 and celestrak - there are a few outstanding questions I have....
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Energy needed to open/close entry points in a rocket

In general, how often are air locks opened on a rocket? How much energy is needed to open and close the entry point?
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Would space ship/station rotation for artificial gravity cause the “axis” to also rotate?

Would space ship/station rotation for artificial gravity cause the "axis" to also rotate similar to that of a helicopter with out a tail rotor? Additionally would a second rotating section going in ...
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Help computing solid angle subtended by the Earth as seen from LEO

I would need to compute the solid angle of the Earth from a spacecraft when close to the Earth, where no small angles approximation can be made. I thought it wouldn't be that hard but I feel actually ...
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Atomic (Quantum) Inertial Sensor

In relation to the question I was looking for the perfect sensor that would help me achieve perfect non rotating spacecraft. My search made me look for exotic phenomenon that can be utilized for such ...
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Using what technology one can keep a spacecraft truly non rotating

Inspired by the question I thought maybe a photon thruster can be used for precisely giving thrust to maintain spacecraft attitude. But soon I realized that for high precision attitude control, one ...
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Is there a way to reproduce Earth-like gravity on a spacecraft close to a more massive body such as the sun?

My gut impression is that an orbit would negate the feeling of gravity, and that if gravity were to be felt, it would indicate the orbit is decaying; an orbit, in effect, is the speed (or is it ...
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How are meteoroids, asteroids and debris in space tracked?

How far, small, and fast can meteors be detected?
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Attitude and orbit thrusters catalog

Typically, when trying to adjust simulation parameters (of orbit control, attitude control...) to real world values in order to validate algorithms with comparisons with past and current mission ...
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Could a satellite levitate above the magenetic fields of Earth?

Like the toy the base of the levitation could the Earth be the base and the space station the levitron? https://earthscience.stackexchange.com/questions/13854/where-on-earth-is-the-magnetic-field-...
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Small-bodies landing strategies

Looking at past landing missions on small bodies such as Eros, Itokawa and 67P I found different landing strategies Eros: NEAR Shoemaker probe performed 4 impulsive pre-planned open-loop maneuvers to ...
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Would a rotating wheel spacecraft “flip”?

I am looking over some proposed rotating spacecraft such as the Nautilus-X and the Ares from the movie The Martian as well as much more fictional ones such as from the Jovian Chronicles and even Halo. ...
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Missions at or soon-to-be at Mars and their DSN “codenames”?

I'm "mining" old DSN data and would like to see all communications with spacecraft around Mars. A quick snapshot in their data shows the following codes. I can guess that ...
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Insight mission broken-plane maneuver needed?

Will the Insight cruise stage do a broken-plane maneuver at TCM-2 (or 3), or does the Centaur upper stage have plenty of performance (as I suspect) to directly insert this small s/c into the necessary ...
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How spacecrafts are built e.g. Dragon, Orion, etc?

What materials are using to build nowadays spacecraft? What kind of joints of main structure is used - is it a welding, riveting or something else? Where can I find such informations? Any books, ...
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Are spacecraft single-use?

Are today's spacecraft and carrier rockets really for one use only (launch and landing)? And then they can't be used anymore?
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What are the benefits of using pyrotechnics on spacecraft?

NASA always appears to use pyrotechnic devices (NASA standard initiators for explosive bolts, frangible nuts, etc.) to release elements (spent stages, fairings, etc.) where SpaceX appears to be using ...
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How does the Thrust-to-weight ratio of a rocket affect its efficiency and performance in atmosphere and vacuum?

Is there an optimal thrust to weight ratio or does it not matter at all?
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Which crewed spacecraft provides the gentlest decent and/or landing?

Landing with a Soyuz capsule is often compared to being in a car accident1, it's pretty violent on touch-down. On the other hand, I imagine the Space Shuttle's touch-down to be a little like a rough ...
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Why aren't there many audio soundscapes recorded within the spacecraft?

First of all, let me explain that I am totally blind, and audio is my primary source of information. Through soundscapes, I can hear how big or small a room is, and make pictorial and spatial images ...
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Change a Spacecraft's attitude from 3 - axis stabilised to spin stabilised?

I am essentially trying to "spin up" a s/c, so it spins about 1 axis at a known spin - rate. I then need to figure out how much time it will take to do that, and how much force required (which I ...
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Would Elon Musk's roadster be able to rotate itself using its wheels as reaction control?

If so, couldn't it also rotate itself sideways somewhat by turning its front wheels? (assuming it has 4wd and electricity.)
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What is the basic mechanics behind the way the orbits of the twelve Vela spacecraft evolved over decades?

After reading the question Where is Vela 1A? Is there any information what its orbit would be like now? and the answer there, it looks like they were deployed in roughly 5 day, 100,000 km circular ...
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Standards of “clean” for artifacts launched into space

When the Viking landers, and the Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers were built and prepared for launch, they would have had to be made as free of Earth microbes (living or not) as ...
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Would a Mars flyby be possible on a transfer orbit from Saturn's moon of Titan to Earth?

So, I am trying to calculate whether a transfer burn from Saturn's moon of Titan to Earth would involve a Mars flyby, assuming I have the burn start on 2 March, 2025 and arrival on 19 March, 2031. ...
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How much will Europa Clipper weigh?

I realize that NASA will have to change Europa Clipper's loadout based on whether they are launching on the SLS 1b or the Atlas 5 backup, but does anyone know what those two mission masses will be, ...
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In what position is the Tesla Roadster mounted on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy?

I've been looking at the live streams but it's difficult to tell. How is the Tesla mounted on the Falcon Heavy? Is parallel or perpendicular to the axis of the rocket?
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Why can't permanent magnets be used for radiation shielding in space?

I've been reading a lot about concepts for protecting astronauts from Galactic Cosmic Radiation on interplanetary voyages. I've read about a lot of different ideas, but all of the ones involving a ...
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Can we destroy an asteroid by spinning it?

In a YouTube video Colonizing the Solar System, part 2: the Outer Solar System, Isaac Arthur who is a YouTuber and also a physicist says something like "you don't spin an asteroid for artificial ...
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When will we send floating probes to Venus?

Recent plans on human missions to Mars have sparked many discussions, one of which is about if we should colonize Venusian upper atmosphere with Zeppelin like floating ships and cities first. NASA ...
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Can we set up an orbiting transporter between Earth and the Moon?

I will give an example with the moon. If some spacecraft is put either in orbit around both earth and moon or in highly eccentric orbit that intersects with the moon orbit, some other spacecraft can ...
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What is the best propulsion for an interstellar ship? [closed]

What is the best propulsion for an interstellar ship? with the current technology If we sent a spacecraft in this decade or the next, what would be the best propulsion for that ship? I speak of a ship ...
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Chamber pressure for Merlin vs Raptor

So, I've been doing some digging, and I found that the chamber pressure for the raptor engine is more than 4 times that of Merlin (~4,000 psi to ~980 psi). How would SpaceX manage to pressurize the ...
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Can I drive Elon Musk's Tesla after it's been in space for 100 Years?

We know that the the payload of the maiden Falcon Heavy flight will be... Elon Musks's Tesla Which will be placed in "Mars Orbit" Assuming it is serviced and road ready when launched with the keys in ...
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Could BNNTs be used for Whipple Shield designs?

BNNTs are a upcoming and promising nano-tube for space exploration. Featuring a young's modulus similar to diamond [1] and offering extensive radiation protection [2], Could BNNTs be utilized in a ...
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Cost-effective Space Shuttle: was it feasible?

As far as I understand, NASA's Space Shuttle was initially conceived as a cheap way of launching people and cargo into orbit, with one-week vehicle turnaround time and dozens of missions per year. ...