The paper describes the basis for current estimates of Shuttle environments. It considers available predictions of environments, uncertainties, worst-case conditions and discusses how this data base is used to derive the environmental design requirements. These requirements are assessed from a payload viewpoint, i.e., how they affect payload type, design, mission, location in Shuttle and payload classification. Finally, typical future Shuttle payloads (a pallet-mounted instrument and a spacecraft) are discussed relative to how the Shuttle environments influenced the payload design and test approach.
AIAA PAPER 81-0268
Aerospace Sciences Meeting; Jan. 12-15, 1981; St. Louis, MO