CLLARE Orbital Support Module
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The CLLARE Orbital Support Module (OSM) is a small, truncated cone shaped module which attaches to the rear of the CLLARE CM. The slope of the OSM is equal to the slope of the CM so that a mated CM-OSM combination has the appeareance of a single large truncated cone with a cylindrical nose.
The OSM facilitates the use of the CM for orbital flights in three ways:
- The OSM contains a set of small retro rockets for providing deorbit burns. These are simple solid or hybrid rockets designed for single use. The retro rocket assembly is designed in such a way that it can be completely removed when the OSM is used as part of a hardware configuration where the assembly is unecessary.
- The OSM contains a set of additional RCS thrusters. These thrusters can work together with the CM's RCS thrusters (which alone provide only attitude control) to allow accurate orbital maneuvering, including translation.
- The OSM can optionally contain supplies of various consumables to supplement those stored onboard the CM, extending its endurance from 24 hour to at least 7 days.
The OSM is not equipped to survive reentry. It is separated from the CM immediately after the deorbit burn and burns up in the atmosphere.