What is ECSS-E-ST-60 Standard?

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May 3, 2023

ECSS-E-ST-60 is a European space standard that covers the requirements for launch and the early orbit phase of space missions and that provides a framework for the design, analysis, testing, and verification of launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) operations for space projects. It includes the processes and procedures for launch operations, such as launch vehicle integration, pre-launch testing, and countdown operations. It also covers the early orbit phase activities, such as orbit insertion, initial system checkout, and commissioning. The standard covers a wide range of aspects related to the launch and early orbit phase, including the design and analysis of launch vehicle systems, the testing and verification of launch systems, the development of operational procedures for launch and ascent, and the deployment and activation of space vehicles in orbit.

One of the key aspects of ECSS-E-ST-60 also emphasizes safety and reliability during the launch and early orbit phase. The standard provides specific requirements for the design and testing of launch systems to ensure they are safe and reliable. This includes requirements for the design and testing of launch vehicle systems, such as the launch pad, launch vehicle, and payload fairing, as well as the integration of these systems into a complete launch system. The standard also covers the development of operational procedures for launch and ascent, which are critical to the safe and successful launch of a space vehicle. This includes the development of procedures for launch countdown, ignition, and lift-off, as well as procedures for ascent and trajectory correction.

In addition to the design and development processes, ECSS-E-ST-60 also covers the testing and verification processes for launch and early orbit phase operations. This includes the development of test plans and procedures, as well as the documentation of the test results. It also covers the environmental testing requirements, such as acoustic and vibration testing, to ensure that the launch and early orbit phase operations can withstand the harsh conditions of launch and ascent. Overall, ECSS-E-ST-60 provides a comprehensive framework for launch and early orbit phase operations for space projects. By following this standard, space organizations can ensure that their launch and early orbit phase operations are designed, analyzed, tested, and verified to the highest standards of performance, reliability, and safety, resulting in reliable and safe space missions.

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