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Title: Spitzer Space Telescope mission design
Authors: Kwok, Johnny H.
Garcia, Mark D.
Bonfiglio, Eugene
Long, Stacia M.
Keywords: Spitzer
Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
Mission Design
Earth trailing orbit
solar orbit
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2004
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004.
Citation: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2004, Glasgow, Scotland, June 21-24, 2004.
Abstract: This paper gives a description of the mission design, launch, orbit, and navigation results for the Spitzer space telescope mission. The Spitzer telescope was launched by the Delta II Heavy launch vehicle into a heliocentric Earth trailing orbit. This orbit is flown for the first time and will be used by several future astronomical missions such as Kepler, SIM, and LISA. This paper describes the launch strategy for a winter versus a summer launch and how it affects communications. It also describes how the solar orbit affects the design and operations of the Observatory. It describes the actual launch timeline, launch vehicle flight performance, and the long term behavior of the as flown orbit. It also provides the orbit knowledge from in-flight navigation data.
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