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Multi-Manifest Design Specification (MMDS) Draft Outline

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1.     Introduction
1.1.  Overview
1.2.  Purpose
1.3.  Small Satellite Classes
1.3.1.     MicroSat (11-200 kg)
1.3.2.     MiniSat (201-600 kg)
2.     References and Nomenclature
2.1.  Terms and Acronyms
2.2.  Coordinate Systems
3.     Design Specification
3.1.  General Requirements
3.2.  Mechanical Requirements
3.2.1.     Mechanical Interfaces
·   Adapters
·   Separation Systems
·   Envelope
3.2.2.     Mass
3.2.3.     Center of Gravity
3.2.4.     Stiffness/Natural Frequency
3.2.5.     Launch Induced Environments (Enveloped)
·    Static Loads
·    Random Vibrations
·    Acoustic 
·    Shock 
·    Thermal 
·    Pressure Decay 
·    RF
3.2.6.     Satellite Induced Environments
·    Shock
·    RF
3.3.  Electrical Requirements
3.3.1.     Inhibits
·    Pre-Deployment
·    Post-Deployment
3.3.2.     Batteries
·    Storage Duration After Charging
·    Chemistry and Safety Features
3.3.3.     Payload Electrical Interface
3.4.  Environments
3.4.1.     Launch Induced Environments (Enveloped)
·    Static Loads
·    Random Vibrations
·    Acoustic 
·    Shock 
·    Thermal 
·    Pressure Decay 
·    RF
·    Cleanliness
3.4.2.     Satellite Induced Environments
·    Shock
·    RF
·    Cleanliness
3.5.  Propulsion and Ordnance
3.5.1.     Hazardous materials
3.5.2.     Fueling and Storage
3.5.3.     Inhibits
3.6.  Safety Requirements
3.6.1.     Transportation. (DoT waivers, etc)
3.6.2.     Range Safety. (AF 91-710, etc)
·    Batteries
·    Pressure Vessels
·    Propulsion
·    Hazardous Materials
3.7.  Launch Integration Requirements
3.7.1.     Launch Site Testing
3.7.2.     Remove/Install Before Flight Items
3.7.3.     Spacecraft Accessibility
·    Pre-encapsulation
·    Post-encapsulation
3.7.4.     Post-Integration Dormancy
3.8.  Operational Requirements
3.8.1.     RF Licensing and Approvals
3.8.2.     Orbital Debris
·     Debris Mitigation
·     End of Life
4.     Testing and Verification
4.1.  Testing Philosophy
4.1.1.     Qualification
4.1.2.     Protoflight
4.1.3.     Acceptance
4.2.  Environmental Testing
4.2.1.     Random Vibration
4.2.2.     Shock
4.2.3.     Thermal Bakeout
4.3.  Verification
4.3.1.     Process
4.3.2.     Artifacts
·     Test Reports
·     Demonstration of Compliance
·     Delivery of Completed Licenses, Certifications, and Validations