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reference book for space craft mass estimation.

reference book for space craft mass estimation.

reference book for space craft mass estimation.

Hi ya All,
This is my first post in this room eve though i have been reading post by others and the subsequent comments. I am currently looking for a good test book that contains information on how to estimate the mass of a space craft. I am currently working on a programm that involves space craft mass being estimated with regards to its maximum payload. I would be very appreciative if any one could take time to respond.


RE: reference book for space craft mass estimation.


I have found "Space Mission Analysis and Design" by Larson and Wertz to be extremely helpful. It is a comprehensive examination of all aspects of spacecraft development. It even describes a example satellite called firesat. Although it does not describe mass of individual components it does describe the process of developing mass trades. To define the mass of individual trades I have had to use google to find each part and develop a table showing the trades.

RE: reference book for space craft mass estimation.



Also there is a series AFSC design handbooks [controlled distribution] that delve in spacraft and launch vehicles design details.

Also check-out the AIAA publications and papers relevant to space craft design. www.aiaa.org

Regards, Wil Taylor

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