How were payloads attached to the space shuttle bay? Did they use a docking adapter? I can t find anything about it.?

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  • 8 months ago
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    Depends on the payload... the Spacelab that flew on a few shuttle missions were braced at hardpoints within the shuttle bay, and positioned such that the airlock door opened into the Spacelab module. 

    Satellites are usually built with adapters for the cargo bay;  a few were spun and released, there were a couple "tossed" over the side by springs so they had about a 4 to 7 RPM spin, and there were probes that were likewise ejected without a spin. Cargo was usually placed toward the rear of the bay, lowering the shuttle's center of gravity for the trip into space, but the center of gravity for the return trip was also considered, and sometimes the position of various satellite launchers were moved forward to keep the shuttle's center of gravity forward of the main landing gear. 

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    • Here's a *description* of a couple of launch mechanisms... not very exciting: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f685/100b29b203fd3e2107b61a130db3c83682a0.pdf

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  • 8 months ago

    Many were grasped by the Robot Arm

    It was even use to make Sattelites spin

    Anything else would have to have been strapped in

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    it's always duct-tape, even in space.

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  • 8 months ago

    Docking and berthing of spacecraft is the joining of two space vehicles. This connection can be temporary, or semipermanent such as for space station modules.

    Docking specifically refers to joining of two separate free-flying space vehicles.[1][2][3][4] Berthing refers to mating operations where an inactive module/vehicle is placed into the mating interface of another space vehicle by using a robotic arm.[1][3][4] Because the modern process of un-berthing is laborious and time-consuming, berthing operations are unsuited for rapid crew evacuations in the event of an emergency

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  • 8 months ago

    That is all mission dependent, The cargo bay equipped with hold down brackets mating with payload brackets. Some, not indifferent than air freight containers.

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