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reference book for space craft mass estimation.

sharpedge (Aerospace) (OP)
11 Dec 06 15:07
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.

Cheers.
aguerami (Computer)
2 Jun 07 12:56
Hi,

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.
wktaylor (Aeronautics)
8 Jun 07 14:00
SHARPEDGE

Check out MIL-HDBK-1811 MASS PROPERTIES CONTROL FOR SPACE
VEHICLES

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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