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See detailMAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC ENHANCED ENTRY SYSTEM FOR SPACE TRANSPORTATION (MEESST) AS A KEY BUILDING BLOCK FOR LOW-COST INTERPLANETARY MISSIONS
La Rosa Betancourt, Manuel; Collier-Wright, Marcus; Boegel, Elias et al

in Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (2022), 74(12), 448-453

Aside from the launch environment, atmospheric re-entry imposes one of the most demanding environments which a spacecraft can experience. The combination of high spacecraft velocity and the presence of ... [more ▼]

Aside from the launch environment, atmospheric re-entry imposes one of the most demanding environments which a spacecraft can experience. The combination of high spacecraft velocity and the presence of atmospheric particles leads to partially ionised gas forming around the vehicle, which significantly inhibits radio communications, and leads to the generation of high thermal loads on the spacecraft surface. Currently, the latter is solved using expensive, heavy, and often expendable thermal protection systems (TPS). The use of electromagnetic fields to exploit Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) principles has long been considered as an attractive solution for this problem. By displacing the ionised gas away from the spacecraft, the thermal loads can be reduced, while also opening a magnetic window for radio waves, mitigating the blackout phenomenon. The application of this concept has to date not been possible due to the large magnetic fields required, which would necessitate the use of exceptionally massive and power-hungry copper coils. High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) have now reached industrial maturity. HTS coils can now offer the necessary low weight and compactness required for space applications. The MEESST consortium the has been awarded a grant from the EU Horizon 2020 programme for the development and demonstration of a novel HTS-based re-entry system based with its foundation on MHD principles. The project will first harmonize existing numerical codes, and then design, manufacture, and test a HTS magnet. The study shows that the use of MEESST technology can have a positive impact on the cost-effectiveness and available payload of interplanetary missions. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal land dampness characterization using reflectometry by students (GOLDCREST): mission and CubeSat design
Asadi, Niloofar; Gholami-Boroujeni, Farzaneh; Gogoi, Bishwajit et al

in Proceedings of the 12th European CubeSat symposium (2021, November 15)

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See detailProceedings of the 12th European CubeSatSymposium
Thoemel, Jan UL; Querol, Jorge UL; Bokal, Zhanna UL et al

in Proceedings of the 12th European CubeSatSymposium (2021, November 15)

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See detail5G-SpaceLab
Querol, Jorge UL; Abdalla, Abdelrahman UL; Bokal, Zhanna UL et al

Poster (2021, April 19)

The new phase of space exploration involves a growing number of human and robotic missions with varying communication and service requirements. Continuous, maximum coverage of areas where activities are ... [more ▼]

The new phase of space exploration involves a growing number of human and robotic missions with varying communication and service requirements. Continuous, maximum coverage of areas where activities are concentrated and orbiting missions (single spacecraft or constellations) around the Earth, Moon or Mars will be particularly challenging. The standardization of the 5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) has already begun [1], and nothing prevents 5G from becoming a common communications standard supporting space resource missions [2]. The 5G Space Communications Lab (5G-SpaceLab) is an interdisciplinary experimental platform, funded by the Luxembourg Space Agency and is part of the Space Research Program of SnT. The lab allows users to design and emulate realistic space communications and control scenarios for the next-generation of space applications. The capabilities of the 5G-SpaceLab testbed combine the experience of different disciplines including space communications, space and satellite mission design, and space robotics. The most relevant include the demonstration of SDR 5G NTN terminals including NB-IoT, emulation of space communications channel scenarios (e.g. link budget, delay, Doppler…), small satellite platform and payload design and testing, satellite swarm flight formation, lunar rover and robotic arm control and AI-powered telerobotics. Earth-Moon communications is one of the scenarios demonstrated in the 5G-SpaceLab. Bidirectional communication for the teleoperation of lunar rovers for near real-time operations including data collection and sensors feedback will be tested. AI-based approaches for perception and control will be developed to overcome communication delays and to provide safer, trustworthy, and efficient remote control of the rovers. [1] 3GPP Release 17 Timeline. [Online]. Available: https://www.3gpp.org/release-17 [2] Nokia, Nokia selected by NASA to build first ever cellular network on the Moon. [Online]. Available: https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2020/10/19/nokia-selected-by-nasa-to-build-first-ever-cellular-network-on-the-moon/ [less ▲]

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See detailRadio communication blackout analysis of ExoMars re-entry mission using raytracing method
Vincent F. Giangaspero, ; Lani, Andrea; Poedts, Stefaan et al

in Radio communication blackout analysis of ExoMars re-entry mission using raytracing method (2021, January)

This work presents a numerical methodology to properly characterize and predict the ommunications blackout phase of the ExoMars Schiaparelli Martian atmospheric re-entry flight. The focus of this work ... [more ▼]

This work presents a numerical methodology to properly characterize and predict the ommunications blackout phase of the ExoMars Schiaparelli Martian atmospheric re-entry flight. The focus of this work lies on the use of an optical ray tracing technique to describe the electromagnetic waves behaviour within the ionized wake flow of the vehicle. Bi-dimensional hypersonic CFD simulations are performed over the ExoMars Schiaparelli module at different trajectory points with the COOLFluiD aerothermodynamics Finite Volume solver coupled with the thermochemistry library PLATO. Subsequently, a ray tracing algorithm is applied to examine the propagation of electromagnetic waves and their interaction with the re-entry wake flow of the ExoMars vehicle. In this work, results are presented at three different trajectory points, characterized by different ionization levels of the flow. The results show how this methodology is suited to analyze blackout re-entry phases providing useful information on electromagnetic waves behaviour in ionized plasma re-entry flows. [less ▲]

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See detailAutonomous Formation Flight using Solar Radiation Pressure
van Dam, Tonie UL; Thoemel, Jan UL

in CEAS Space Journal (2020)

Autonomous formation flight enables new satellite missions for novel applications. The cost and limits of propulsion systems can be overcome if environmental resources are being benefitted of. Currently ... [more ▼]

Autonomous formation flight enables new satellite missions for novel applications. The cost and limits of propulsion systems can be overcome if environmental resources are being benefitted of. Currently, atmospheric drag is used in low Earth orbit to this end. Solar radiation pressure, which is of similar order of magnitude as aerodynamic ram pressure, is, however, always neglected. We introduce this force and show that it can be exploited. We demonstrate through simulations that a formation geometry is established quicker if the solar radiation pressure is modeled. [less ▲]

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See detailBlackout analysis of Mars entry missions
Ramjatan, Sahadeo; Lani, Andrea; Boccelli, Stefan et al

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2020)

A new methodology to accurately and efficiently examine the radio frequency blackout phenomenon during the hypersonic reentry process is introduced and validated. The current state-of-the-art ... [more ▼]

A new methodology to accurately and efficiently examine the radio frequency blackout phenomenon during the hypersonic reentry process is introduced and validated. The current state-of-the-art thermochemical modelling of CO2 flows is reviewed and one-dimensional stagnation line studies are performed in order to determine a suitable chemical mechanism for the electron density modelling. Hypersonic computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed with a simplified chemical model including only neutral species, in order to calculate the flow field surrounding the ExoMars Schiapparelli module in flight conditions. A novel decoupled CFD approach is then applied where the calculation of the electron density is performed separately using a computationally inexpensive Lagrangian approach. Subsequently, a ray tracing algorithm is applied in order to model the propagation of electromagnetic waves in the wake flow past the ExoMars vehicle accounting for collisions between electrons and gas particles. The numerical results of the proposed novel approach for blackout analysis consisting of CFD, Lagrangian and ray tracing algorithms are in good agreement with the flight data. [less ▲]

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