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  • Launch, Operations, and First Experimental Results of the Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR) 

    Crisp, Nicholas H.; Macario Rojas, Alejandro; Roberts, Peter C.E; Edmonson, Steve; Haigh, Sarah J.; Holmes, Brandon E.A.; Livadiotti, Sabrina; Oiko, Vitor; Smith, Katharine L.; Sinpetru, Luciana A.; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2021)
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    The Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR) is a 3U CubeSat that has been designed to investigate the aerodynamic performance of different materials at low orbital altitudes. The spacecraft has been developed ...
  • Early Results from the DISCOVERER Project 

    Roberts, Peter C.E; Crisp, Nicholas H.; Oiko, Vitor; Edmonson, Steve; Romano, Francesco; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Haigh, Sarah J.; Holmes, Brandon E.A.; Livadiotti, Sabrina; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2021)
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    The use of very low Earth orbits (VLEO), for communications and remote sensing satellites, offers a number of significant payload and platform benefits. Imaging from these altitudes allows higher resolution or smaller ...
  • Aerodynamic Technologies for Earth Observation Missions in Very Low earth Orbit 

    Becedas, Jonathan; González, Gerardo; Domínguez, Rosa María; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (2018)
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    Flying at VLEO has several advantages such as the increase of the resolution of images recorded by optical instruments, the increase of geospatial position accuracy, the improvement of the signal to noise ratio and the ...
  • Design and development of a hyper-thermal atomic oxygen wind tunnel facility 

    Oiko, Vitor; Roberts, Peter C.E; Edmonson, Steve; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES), 2018)
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    A hyper-thermal orbital aerodynamics test facility is described. The Rarefied Orbital Aerodynamics Research facility(ROAR)is a dedicated apparatus designedto simulate the atmospheric flow in very low Earth orbits(VLEO) to ...
  • Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System: design and set in operation 

    Romano, Francesco; Herdrich, Georg; Roberts, Peter C.E; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (2019)
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    Challenging space missions include those at very low orbits, where the atmosphere is source of significant drag on a satellite. Therefore, an efficient dragcompensation propulsion system is required to extend the mission ...
  • RF Helicon-based Plasma Thruster (IPT): Design, Set-up, and First Ignition 

    Romano, Francesco; Chan, Y. A.; Herdrich, Georg; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel; García Berenguer, Marina (International Astronautical Federation, 2019)
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    To extend missions lifetime at very low altitudes, an efficient propulsion system is requiredto compensate for aerodynamic drag. One solution is Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion (ABEP). It collects atmospheric ...
  • Ground-based experimental facility for orbital aerodynamics research: design, construction and characterisation 

    Oiko, Vitor; Roberts, Peter C.E; Macario Rojas, Alejandro; García-Almiñana, Daniel; García Berenguer, Marina; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2020)
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    In very low Earth orbits (VLEO), below 450 km altitude, the aerodynamic properties of satellites are primarily determined by the flow regime, free molecular flow, and the interaction of atomic oxygen with the surfacesof ...
  • DISCOVERER: Developing Technologies to Enable Commercial Satellite Operations in Very Low Earth Orbit 

    Roberts, Peter C.E; Crisp, Nicholas H.; Edmonson, Steve; García-Almiñana, Daniel; García Berenguer, Marina; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2020)
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    The DISCOVERER project is developing technologies to enable commercially-viablesustained-operation of satellites in very low Earth orbitsfor communications and remote sensing applications. Operatingcloser to the surface ...
  • Investigation of Novel Drag-Reducing and Atomic Oxygen Resistant Materials in Very Low Earth Orbit using SOAR (Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research) 

    Crisp, Nicholas H.; Macario Rojas, Alejandro; Roberts, Peter C.E; García-Almiñana, Daniel; García Berenguer, Marina; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2020)
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    Interest in operating spacecraft in very low Earth orbits (VLEO), those below approximately 450 km, is growing due to the numerous benefits offered by reducing altitude. For remote sensing and Earth observation applications, ...
  • Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System (ABEP) 

    Romano, Francesco; Herdrich, Georg; Roberts, Peter C.E; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2019)
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    Challenging space missions include those at very low altitudes, where the atmosphere is source of aerodynamic drag on the spacecraft, therefore an efficient propulsion system is required to extend the mission lifetime. One ...
  • Demonstration of aerodynamic control manoeuvres in very low earth orbit using SOAR (Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research) 

    Crisp, Nicholas H.; Livadiotti, Sabrina; Roberts, Peter C.E; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2019)
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    Aerodynamic forces have often been proposedas a possible means to perform a variety of different attitude and orbit control manoeuvres in very low Earth orbits including pointing control, constellation and formation ...
  • KeyNote: DISCOVERER - Making commercial satellite operations in very low earth orbit a reality 

    Roberts, Peter C.E; Crisp, Nicholas H.; Romano, Francesco; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2019)
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    DISCOVERER is a €5.7M European Commission funded Horizon 2020 project developing technologies to enable commercially-viable sustained-operation of satellites in very low Earth orbits. Why operate closer to the Earth? For ...

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