Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Updated Terrestrial Environment Guidelines for Aerospace Vehicle Development

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Abstract

NASA recently released extensively revised and updated guidelines and information on terrestrial environments (land, water, and atmosphere). The guidelines are applicable in developing design requirements and specifications for aerospace vehicles, payloads, and associated ground support equipment operating in specific geographic regions.

The document, “Terrestrial Environment (Climatic) Criteria Guidelines for Use in Aerospace Vehicle Development, 2008 Revision” (NASA/TM-2008-215633), has been updated periodically since its initial publication in 1964. The latest version includes a broad scope of information about the terrestrial environment, though spaceflight systems development and test centers are the primary geographic areas encompassed in the document.

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