Skip to main content
20 votes
Accepted

Could supplies have been launched to Columbia?

No. There was a faint, if-everything-went-right-and-they-decided-to-take-the-risk possibility of speeding up the launch of the next shuttle to rescue the crew. Probably not a realistic possibility. ...
Organic Marble's user avatar
7 votes

Is Landsat-7's propellant resupply port "robot-ready"? (Restore-L mission)

My reading of the Aviation Week article on this seemed to suggest that while Landsat-7 was not designed to be refueled, when they looked at its design, they found a fuel line, they could patch into ...
geoffc's user avatar
  • 79.9k
5 votes
Accepted

Are pressurized cargo ships to the ISS depressurized before leaving the station?

This is not done, but I couldn't find a definite reference for you. NASA has chosen not to publish recent ISS checklists. It's also hard to prove a negative, but for what it's worth, here is a fairly ...
Organic Marble's user avatar
4 votes

How much fuel is being consumed by all spacecrafts in orbit?

BOE: 1000 active satellites, launched with 3 tons of fuel+oxidizer each for an expected lifetime of 15 years is 3000/15=200 tons of fuel+oxidizer needed per year. Note: 3 tons is too much, as many ...
Hobbes's user avatar
  • 128k
3 votes
Accepted

Why did ESA retire the Automated Transfer Vehicle, instead of developing it into a crewed spacecraft?

I too am an admirer of the ATV and wish it had been developed further. I remember watching the ATV-1 "Jules Verne" mission at JSC and the "Houston, there's an X-wing requesting ...
Organic Marble's user avatar
3 votes

What is the standard supply target for the ISS?

Source: Space Logistics Modeling and Simulation Analysis using SpaceNet: Four Application Cases A mission manifest from September 2010 through December 2015 was created using unofficial launch and ...
SF.'s user avatar
  • 55.1k
2 votes

Is Landsat-7's propellant resupply port "robot-ready"? (Restore-L mission)

I would expect that if a satellite had no special design for in-orbit propellant transfer then the initial list of options would centre around the normal ground propellant supply interface, normally ...
Puffin's user avatar
  • 9,724
2 votes

What is the limiting factor for cargo throughput per launch to the ISS?

The most simplified answer I could give you is to make it as compact and light as it needs to be. To my knowledge there isn't a standard checklist for items being sent to the station, there is ...
Seth Kurkowski's user avatar
1 vote

Will SpX-DM1 (Crew Dragon demo mission) carry any useful cargo (supplies)?

I saw a presentation by Elon Musk where he said they would be carrying cargo on the demo flight, but cannot find the reference right now.
geoffc's user avatar
  • 79.9k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible