Spacecraft Architecture and Subsystems

At launch sites, the physical structures that garner the most interest are assembly buildings. Cape Canaveral’s VAB, for instance, was specifically designed to assemble Saturn V rockets vertically while they traveled down an overhead gantry track toward their pads. Aerospace is focused on designing architectures with greater resilience and the capacity to reassemble quickly, necessitating […]

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Spacecraft Subsystems

Subsystems on board a spacecraft serve various functions depending on its mission profile, such as: Command and Data Handling (C&DH), also known as C&DH, entails receiving, validating, decoding and disseminating commands received from ground control in addition to transmitting telemetry data back down to Earth. Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) employs electronic “eyes”, such

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