Small launch platforms for micro-satellites

CAPPELLETTI, C, BATTISTINI, S. and GRAZIANI, F (2018). Small launch platforms for micro-satellites. Advances in Space Research, 62 (12), 3298-3304.

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The number of small satellites launched into orbit has enormously increased in the last twenty years. The introduction of new standards of micro-satellites has multiplied the launch demand around the world. Nevertheless, not all the missions can easily have access to space: not all kinds of micro-satellites have granted a deployer system and, furthermore, once a micro-satellite is able to reach it, it cannot usually choose its final orbit. Recently two new platforms have been introduced for the release of micro-satellites as piggy-backs. These platforms are totally operative spacecrafts that act like motherships, and allow to select some parameters of the final orbit of the piggy-backs. They provide a solution for three different nano-satellites standard, and at the same time they are being developed in order to reach more powerful orbital release capabilities in the future. The design and the mission of these platforms are described in this paper.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Small satellites; Launch systems; Cubesats; 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences; 0901 Aerospace Engineering; 0913 Mechanical Engineering; Aerospace & Aeronautics
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Page Range: 3298-3304
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 17:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:06

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