PAYLOAD MANAGEMENT OMVs (Orbital Maneuvering Vehicles)
The Orbital Maneuvering Vehicles (OMVs) have been designed to operate as a Remotely Controlled Space Teleoperator.
These Vehicles will be deployed as a payload from the Alpha RLVs.
Control of the OMV will be from a Ground Station, or a Control Room located on Alpha RLVs or from the Space Station.
The Operator controlling the OMV is physically remote from the Module and exercises control over the Vehicle.
OMV Main Mission
The main mission of the OMV will be to incresase the level of Space productivity without increasing human risk.
The OMV will not only reduce risk in orbital activities, but also increase the capacity to perform strenuous Orbital Operations.
OMV and EVA
OMVs will drastically reduce the level of EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) for a given mission.
Unlike EVA, the OMV will not be affected by prolonged operational durations, it also will be able to operate at ranges beyond EVA capabilities.
Mr. Foti and his team have developed (1997-2001) a unique OMV-Design
that gives the OMV
the capability to:
Deploy Satellites in Orbits that are out of the space launchers range;
Provide Maneuvering, Docking and De-Orbit;
Assemble Space Frames;
Rendez-Vous and Dock with existing Orbital Payloads;
Resupply Payloads with Fuel and other Consumables;
Perform Repair and Service Operations on Orbital Payloads when fitted with a TeleRobotic System;
Transfer Payloads to or from Orbit to orbiting RLVs
Cleared for operation in proximity to SpaceStation
Remotely operated from Alpha RLVs
or Ground Control
launched in 2 Separate Modules
and mated On-Orbit;
Held in Parking Orbit
near Space Station
, or even Manned
BiPropellant, variable Thrust Orbit Adjust Engines;
MonoPropellant and Cold Gas RCS
(Reaction Control Systems);
Cold Gas RCS
(Reaction Control Systems) for minimum contamination during Docking;
Design in order to handle significant masses on the order of 45,000 pounds;
2 Separable Module: Short Range Vehicle & Propulsion/Fuel Module
With the above capabilities, the OMV
will have a definite impact on the way Orbital Operations
are carried out.
The Robotic Systems
will be placed over the OMV
in order to achieve the whole assembling in Space, Payloads Services and Repairing as well.