Environmental Data Acquisition System for Satellite Transportation
Program critical, high cost and delicate space hardware like satellite built with pressurized tanks, sensitive optics, delicate electronics and hazardous chemicals need protection from various environmental hazards during transportation. These environmental hazards include shock, vibration and handling loads and climatic hazards such as temperature, humidity, rain, dust due to harsh ambient atmospheric conditions etc. The Satellite Transportation System (STS) is equipped with adequate protection and monitoring system. The environmental data acquisition system is used to monitor the environmental conditions of satellite during transportation. This paper describes the data acquisition system used for quantitative validation of shock and vibration attenuation system and temperature and humidity control system. The acquired data are processed and interpreted to express the environmental conditions during various phases of development such as road survey analysis, performance validation and refinement of design for the shock and vibration isolation system of trucks and STS. Further, these data are used for the post-transportation health assessment of satellite that are vital to minimize post transportation tests on satellite.
S. Srivastava et al., "Environmental Data Acquisition System for Satellite Transportation", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 588-589, pp. 1161-1167, 2012