An overview of the ArgoMoon and LICIAcube flight dynamics operations
Marco Lombardo, Luis Gomez Casajus, Marco Zannoni, Igor Gai, Edoardo Gramigna, Paolo Tortora, Elisabetta Dotto, Marilena Amoroso, Simone Pirrotta, Valerio Di Tana, Biagio Cotugno, Silvio Patruno, Francesco Cavallo, the LICIACube Teamdownload PDF
Abstract CubeSats are becoming a reliable alternative for low-cost space applications in deep space, as mission companions or as standalone missions. The use of CubeSats in deep space requires to address many operational challenges, particularly those related to navigation. LICIACube and ArgoMoon are the first two 6U CubeSat missions to the outer space funded and managed by the Italian Space Agency, whose spacecrafts have been developed and operated by Argotec. The flight dynamics operations of both missions were performed by the flight dynamics team of the University of Bologna using NASA/JPL’s navigation software MONTE. This paper gives a brief presentation of the flight dynamics operations of ArgoMoon and LICIACube and presents the obtained results highlighting the challenges of cis-lunar and deep space CubeSat navigation as well as the achieved successes.
ArgoMoon, LICIACube, Deep Space, Cis-Lunar, Navigation, Orbit Determination, Flight Path Control, IRIS, Moon, Dimorphos, Didymos, Artemis-1, DART
Published online 11/1/2023, 5 pages
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Citation: Marco Lombardo, Luis Gomez Casajus, Marco Zannoni, Igor Gai, Edoardo Gramigna, Paolo Tortora, Elisabetta Dotto, Marilena Amoroso, Simone Pirrotta, Valerio Di Tana, Biagio Cotugno, Silvio Patruno, Francesco Cavallo, the LICIACube Team, An overview of the ArgoMoon and LICIAcube flight dynamics operations, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 634-638, 2023
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