- Mar 23, 2008
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NASA is considering to reboost the Hubble space telescope (HST) into a higher orbit, using a specially equipped Dragon capsule.
It would have a rear docking port installed in the trunk. This allows the Dragon capsule to use its main thrusters in the nose for orbital maneuvers while docked to the HST.
This addon uses BrianJ's DM2 Dragon and adds a rear docking port by overwriting the capsules config-file.
Using a mod-manager (like JSGME) is recommended to easily undo any changes.
The data are in the attached zip-file.
For this proof-of-concept version I used Orbiter's default HST, knowing there is the much nicer HST(EX) available.
When using the rear docking port, remember this:
- Switch the Docking MFD to Dock 2.
- The left-right and roll commandos are inverted when flying backwards.
I could reach Hubble and boost it to a 500 x 500 km orbit, but after undocking and the deorbit burn, I had only 17 kg of RCS fuel remaining.
Hope this improves in the future! Any comments and remarks are welcome!
Edit 03-11-2022: Vers. 01, now supporting also the high-resolution HST (EX).