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Questions tagged [standards]

Standards refer to formalized descriptions of "best practices" for any given process, design, or procedure. They allow systems to be developed such that "reinventing the wheel" is kept to a minimum, and they aid in compatibility between standardized systems.

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Do the rovers in Hayabusa-2 communicate directly with the spacecraft or use the landers as relay?

I can't infer this from this documentation or the presentation: Do the ROVER-1A and ROVER-1B communicate with MINERVA-II-1, and it then relays to the Hayabusa2 "mothership", or do they communicate ...
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Why is the International Docking Adapter limited to mother ships and shuttles in a set mass range?

The IDSS ( International Docking System Standard) is a docking standard that every Docking adapter should follow. According to its latest revision: Vehicles using this interface may include light ...
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How can satellites serve a large number of devices on earth?

Say we have a LEO satellite. There are 5000 low power devices on earth (They are in the close vicinity, can be served by same satellite) which needs to be communicated with the satellite. Now my ...
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What are the common space application adhesives used in Earth orbiting satellites?

For quite some time, I am reading about space adhesives. Selecting the right adhesive for space applications is extremely important, mainly due to the high vacuum (around 10-8 Torr), and the variation ...
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Are space stations compatible?

I know that there are (at least) two space stations in operation: The ISS and the Chinese one (which I don’t remember the name now) Imagine, that China, EU, Russia and USA agree on cooperating in the ...
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How fair is the claim that Shuttle boosters diameter is dictated by the railroad gauge?

There's a kind of urban legend that Space Shuttle boosters diameter could be larger only if was not limited because of the limitations imposed by the railroads and those are imposed by the railroad ...
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How far do you have to be from Earth to be “in space”?

According to a recent news article a group of USC students are attempting to launch a rocket "in to space" with a planned height of 62 miles. Making them "the first group of students to successfully ...
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How do we measure height on celestial bodies with no significant atmospheric pressure, no seas, or no surface to speak of?

On the Earth, measuring elevation above sea level is relatively easy. Throughout the years of evolving these measurements to not rely on different reference points of the Mean Sea Level (MSL) of ...
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What spacecraft technologies are subject to international standards?

I'm asking about standards promoted by ISO, IEEE, ITU, intergovernmental bodies, or simply de-facto standards. For instance, MIL-STD-1553 defines serial data bus used in avionics all over the world. ...
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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?