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Spacecraft on-orbit deployment anomalies: What can be done?

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1 Author(s)
Freeman, M.T. ; Electromagnetic Sciences Inc., Norcross, GA, USA

On-orbit anomalies related to the deployment of spacecraft appendage and possible causes of such failures are considered. The discussion covers mechanical launch loading, on-orbit thermal and solar concerns, reliability of spacecraft pyrotechnics, and practical limitations of ground-based deployment testing. Lessons learned from the successful recovery of the Telesat Canada Anik-E2 satellite in 1991 are examined.<>

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 4 )