SAWE RP-11, 2004: Mass Properties Control for Space Vehicles


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  1. This recommended practice is provided by the SAWE as a guideline for managing, monitoring, controlling, verifying, and reporting mass properties of space vehicles, upper stage vehicles, injection stages, satellite payloads, launch vehicles, re-entry vehicles, and exo-atmospheric missiles.

  2. This recommended practice is based on previous Revision B of this document, supplemented by AIAA-S-120-2006, which was developed using consensus agreement of industry subject matter experts.

  3. Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, or deletions), and any pertinent data that may be of use in improving this document should be submitted to the above address. 

This recommended practice establishes uniform procedures for the control, monitoring, determination, verification, and documentation of mass properties of space vehicles and their subsystems and components. This document is an amalgam of several standards and handbooks, attempting to capture best practices in both government and commercial arenas. As such, it contains some sections that are applicable primarily to United States Government space vehicle development and acquisition programs. Other sections are more general in nature, describing terminology, processes, and procedures that are generally accepted in the industry, and reflect sound mass properties engineering practices in the development and production of space vehicles. 


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