Design and trade-offs of a pole-sitter mission

Ceriotti, M. , Heiligers, J. and McInnes, C. R. (2014) Design and trade-offs of a pole-sitter mission. In: Macdonald, M. (ed.) Advances in Solar Sailing. Series: Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering. Springer in association with Praxis Publishing, pp. 289-308. ISBN 9783642349065 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-34907-2_20)

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This paper provides a mission analysis and systems design of a pole-sitter mission, i.e. a spacecraft that is continuously above an Earth Pole, and can provide real-time, continuous and hemispherical coverage of the polar regions. Two different propulsion strategies are proposed: solar electric propulsion (SEP) and SEP hybridized with a solar sail. For both, minimum-propellant pole-sitter orbits and transfers are designed, assuming Soyuz and Ariane 5 launch options. A mass budget analysis allows for a tradeoff between mission lifetime and payload mass capacity (up to 7 years for 100 kg), and candidate payloads for a range of applications are investigated.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:3rd International Symposium on Solar Sailing, 11-13 Jun 2013, Glasgow, UK
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ceriotti, Dr Matteo and McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: Ceriotti, M., Heiligers, J., and McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Publisher:Springer in association with Praxis Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Springer
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