Space Station ATCS Performance During Orbiter Berthing
This paper documents the Space Station Freedom (SSF) Active Thermal Control System (ATCS) performance during approach/departure, berthing, and deberthing operations. Recommended fixed radiator orientations and radiator orientations as a function of the (β angle were used for SSF flights MB5 through UF-1. Radiator rotation restrictions impacting ATCS performance included plume loads during proximity operations, minimum clearances from the Shuttle post-mating, visual cues required for mating and/or SSF remote manipulator system, attitude perturbations, number of Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) deployed and thermal radiator rotation joint bending moment response. Three thermal models (TEA, ALPHA and TAURUS) performed the analyses on the MB5 through UF-1 mission builds. The study was divided into three parts pertaining to approach/departure, berthing, and deberthing.