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Study of the docking and collision avoidance manoeuvres for a CubeSat with a Mothercraft

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Study of the docking and collision avoidance manoeuvres for a CubeSat with a Mothercraft.

Rel. Sabrina Corpino, Fabrizio Stesina. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale, 2021

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In January this year, 143 SmallSats were launched into orbit in a single launch by a dedicated SpaceX mission, setting a new record that shows the importance that small satellites play in the current space economy. Among the small satellites, CubeSats are revolutionising the space market with their low cost and mission versatility. The number of technology demonstrators in which they are involved is growing, but rendezvous and docking operations are still a very challenging topic for CubeSats. RVD manoeuvres require limited margins of error to ensure the safety of the spacecraft involved, which results in stringent requirements being met. A design that provides autonomous vehicle control and the ability to perform rapid escape manoeuvres is essential for the success of these operations. This thesis investigates guidance and control strategies to perform a docking operation between a 12U CubeSat and a Mothercraft with Space Rider characteristics safely even in the presence of one failure and ensuring rapid collision avoidance manoeuvres in the event of multiple failures.

Relators: Sabrina Corpino, Fabrizio Stesina
Academic year: 2020/21
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 118
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-20 - AEROSPATIAL AND ASTRONAUTIC ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/18910
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