Fast reconfiguration maneuvers of a micro-satellite constellation based on a hybrid rocket engine
Antonio Sannino, Stefano Mungiguerra, Sergio Cassese, Raffaele Savino, Alberto Fedele, Silvia Nataluccidownload PDF
Abstract. In this work, the formation flight of the CubeSat cluster RODiO (Radar for Earth Observation by synthetic aperture DIstributed on a cluster of cubesats equipped with high-technology micro-propellers for new Operative services ) with respect to a small satellite in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) has been analyzed. RODiO is an innovative mission concept funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in the context of the Alcor program . The small satellite is equipped with an antenna that allows it to function as a transmitter, whereas RODiO functions as a receiver. The extension of the virtual SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) antenna can be achieved by establishing an along-track baseline performing an orbital coplanar maneuver (a phasing maneuver). Another interesting scenario is the possibility to create a cross-track baseline performing an inclination change maneuver, useful for stereoradargrammetric applications. Such formation reconfiguration maneuvers can be achieved in relatively short times only by use of a high-thrust propulsion system, i.e. based on conventional chemical technologies. From the study of maneuvers, it is possible to identify the required ∆V, which represents an input parameter for the design of propulsion system. Among the different kinds of propulsion systems, a Hybrid Rocket Engine was chosen for its safety, compactness and re-ignition and throttle capabilities.
Hybrid Rocket Engine, Hydrogen Peroxide, Cubesat Formation Flying, Orbital Maneuvers
Published online 11/1/2023, 4 pages
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Citation: Antonio Sannino, Stefano Mungiguerra, Sergio Cassese, Raffaele Savino, Alberto Fedele, Silvia Natalucci, Fast reconfiguration maneuvers of a micro-satellite constellation based on a hybrid rocket engine, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 660-663, 2023
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