L'activitat científica del grup està centrada en l'àmbit de les Enginyeries Mecànica i Aeroespacial amb l'objectiu d'estudiar el disseny i optimització d'equips i sistemes tèrmics i aerodinàmics, això com millorar la seva eficiència. Per a la realització d'aquests estudis, el grup utilitza tècniques de simulació numèrica avançada, incloent tècniques de supercomputació per a les quals el grup compta amb especialistes d'alt nivell, així com també fa servir tècniques experimentals.

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  • DISCOVERER: Final results and outcomes 

    Roberts, Peter C.E; Crisp, Nicholas H.; Edmonson, Steve; Arcos, Antonio; Herdrich, Georg; Skalden, Jonathan; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Macario Rojas, Alejandro; Smith, Katharine L.; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2022)
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    The DISCOVERER project commenced in 2017 with the aim to advance the development of key technologies to enable the commercially viable, sustained operation of satellites in very low Earth orbits (VLEO). Funded by the ...
  • Numerical investigation of forced convection heat transfer from a sphere at low Prandtl numbers 

    Rodríguez Pérez, Ivette María; Campo, Antonio (2023-02)
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    Direct numerical simulations of the flow and forced convective heat transfer around a sphere at Reynolds numbers between 𝑅𝑒 = 500 and 𝑅𝑒 = 1000 are performed. We investigate the effects of the Prandtl number (𝑃 𝑟) ...
  • Platform and system design study of a VLEO satellite platform using the IRS RF Helicon-based Plasma Thruster 

    Herdrich, Georg; Papavramidis, Konstantinos; Maier, Philipp; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2022)
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    To achieve a feasible lifetime of several years, most satellites are deployed in orbits higher than 400 km. Drag of residual atmosphere causes a slow orbit decay, resulting in the deorbit of the spacecraft. However, e.g. ...
  • Very low Earth orbit constellations for Earth observation 

    Crisp, Nicholas H.; McGrath, Ciara N.; Roberts, Peter C.E; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (International Astronautical Federation, 2022)
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    Very Low Earth Orbits (VLEOs), those below 450 km, present a number of benefits and challenges for the development and operation of Earth observation spacecraft at both the system and mission level. This paper examines the ...
  • Experimental Results from the Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR) Mission 

    Crisp, Nicholas H.; Macario Rojas, Alejandro; Roberts, Peter C.E; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Sureda Anfres, Miquel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia (International Astronautical Federation, 2022)
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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 and perform demonstrations of aerodynamic attitude control ...
  • Strategic similarities between earth observation small satellite constellations in very low earth orbit and low-cost carriers by means of strategy canvas 

    Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; García-Almiñana, Daniel; García Berenguer, Marina; Roberts, Peter C.E; Crisp, Nicholas H.; HERDRICH, GEORG; KATARIA, DHIREN; HANESSIAN, VIRGINIA; Becedas, Jonathan; SEMINARI, SIMON (2022-08-24)
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    The space industry is growing and space data are becoming accessible to businesses that were previously unthinkable. Constellations of small satellites in Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) have created a gap that is allowing ...
  • Business roadmap for the European Union in the NewSpace ecosystem: a case study for access to space 

    Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; GIL MORA, PAULINO; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Crisp, Nicholas H.; HERDRICH, GEORG; Roberts, Peter C.E; KATARIA, DHIREN; HANESSIAN, VIRGINIA; Becedas, Jonathan; SEMINARI, SIMON (2022-06-24)
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    A business roadmap is a high-level strategic management tool that maps the actions to develop new industries. It serves as a guide to plan and forecast technological, market and product developments in a more operational ...
  • On the wake dynamics of an oscillating cylinder via proper orthogonal decomposition 

    Eiximeno Franch, Benet; Miró Jané, Arnau; Cajas García, Juan Carlos; Lehmkuhl Barba, Oriol; Rodríguez Pérez, Ivette María (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), 2022-09-02)
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    The coherent structures and wake dynamics of a two-degree-of-freedom vibrating cylinder with a low mass ratio at Re=5300 are investigated by means of proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) of a numerical database generated ...
  • Design of an intake and a thruster for an atmosphere-breathing electric propulsion system 

    Romano, Francesco; Herdrich, Georg; Chan, Yung-An; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia; Sureda Anfres, Miquel (2022-05-27)
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    Challenging space missions include those at very low altitudes, where the atmosphere is the source of aerodynamic drag on the spacecraft, that fnally defnes the mission’s lifetime, unless a way to compensate for it is ...
  • Intercomparison of Radon Flux Monitors at Low and at High Radium Content Areas under Field Conditions 

    Rábago, Daniel; Quindós, Luis; Vargas Drechsler, Arturo; Sainz, Carlos; Radulescu, Ileana; Razvan Ioan, Mihail; Cardellini, Francesco; Capogni, Marco; Rizzo, Alessandro; Celaya, Santiago; Fuente, Ismael; Fuente, Marta; Grossi, Claudia; Rodríguez, Maria (2022-04-01)
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    Interlaboratory exercises are a good tool to compare the response of different systems to the same quantity and to identify possible inconsistencies between them. One of the main goals of the EMPIR 19ENV01 traceRadon project ...
  • A method for the experimental characterisation of novel drag-reducing materials for very low Earth orbits using the Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR) mission 

    Crisp, Nicholas H.; Roberts, Peter C.E; Hanessian, Virginia; Sulliotti-Linner, Valeria; Herdrichd, Georg H.; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Kataria, Dhiren (2022-04-07)
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    The Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR) is a 3U CubeSat mission that aims to investigate the gas–surface interactions (GSIs) of diferent materials in the very low Earth orbit environment (VLEO), i.e. below ...
  • ADBSat: Verification and validation of a novel panel method for quick aerodynamic analysis of satellites 

    Sinpetru, Luciana A.; Crisp, Nicholas H.; Roberts, Peter C.E; Sulliotti-Linner, Valeria; Hanessian, Virginia; Herdrichd, Georg H.; Romano, Francesco; García-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodríguez Donaire, Silvia (2022-06)
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    We present the validation of ADBSat, a novel implementation of the panel method including a fast pseudo-shading algorithm, that can quickly and accurately determine the forces and torques on satellites in free-molecular ...

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