The preflight mission design and in-flight execution are presented to illustrate the actual utilization of the adaptive nature of this mission. Spacecraft systems (propulsion, attitude, accelerometer) and software (maneuver program) features which contribute to the adaptive trajectory flexibility are discussed. Descriptions of procedures used to handle low perigee maneuver operations (to 130 km), for achieving ground track control and orbit phasing, for making a transition from elliptical to circular orbits, and for circular orbit restoration and maintenance are presented in detail. The 85 maneuvers made during the first 17 months of the mission are summarized.
AAS PAPER 75-052
Astrodynamics Specialist Conference; Jul 28, 1975 - Jul 30, 1975; Nassau; Bahamas