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What is the point of modularity in spacecraft design?
Which is the most important orbital element when considering orbital rendezvous?
If a rocket has a quoted specific impulse of 350 sec what is the effective exhaust velocity?Use ^ for powers, remember to use units
Why is the design envelope inside a launcher fairing smaller than the space inside the fairing?
What is the gravity gradient in Newtonian gravitation?Use ^ for powers, use / for divide, use * for times
For a remote sensing subsystem, what is the band of observable surface along the spacecrafts ground track?
What is the effect that is used to turn the heat from radioactive material into electrical power?
How were Kepler’s Laws obtained?
What are the 3 different classes of spacecraft stabilisation?Separate answers with commas
What causes the greatest loads for a spacecraft: ground handling, launch or in orbit operations?
What is the function of the spacecraft thermal subsystem?
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What is the dominant factor in the communications link budget for spacecraft?
Name one way of mitigating against commercial geostationary satellite failure
How do spacecraft interact with the Earth’s magnetic field?
The American Gemini spacecraft could control and change its orbit – what important technique did this allow it to demonstrate with the Agena stage?
What would happen to the specific impulse if the chamber temperature of a rocket engine were to be increased by 20%?Remember to use units
Name another equipment item on a geostationary spacecraft which will be affected by eclipses?
What determines the plane of a spacecraft’s orbit?
Name 1 equipment item on a geostationary spacecraft which will be affected by eclipses?
What does the term hypergolic propellants mean?
Name another equipment item on a geostationary spacecraft which will be affected by eclipses?
What design item causes the most spacecraft failures?

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