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TOPEX/Poseidon: Electrical power system-lessons learned

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3 Author(s)
Chetty, P.R.K. ; Kris Eng. Inc., 14120 Stonecutters Drive, N. Potomac, MD, USA ; Richardson, R. ; Sherwood, R.

The main objective of the TOPEX/Poseidon Spacecraft is to monitor the world's oceans for scientific study of weather and climate prediction, coastal storm warning and maritime safety. The operational conditions of this satellite imposed challenging requirements for the on-board Electrical Power System (EPS), Going through various phases of its development and on-orbit performance verifications, there were certain events and/or circumstances we would have liked to avoid. Some circumstances were avoided with preventative measures, other potentially detrimental events were not. Thus, a number of valuable lessons were learned which are presented in this paper

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 6 )