Special Issue "Small Satellite Missions"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 846

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, via Eudossiana 18, 00184, Rome, Italy
Interests: CubeSats; small satellites; satellites system engineering; satellite constellations; in-orbit experiments; satellite navigation; space system development and operations; space traffic management; space debris
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Dr. Necmi Cihan Örger
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Laboratory of Small Satellite Enterprises and In-Orbit Experiments (LaSeine), Kyushu Institute of Technology, via 1-1, Kitakyushu 804-8550, Japan
Interests: CubeSats; small satellites; satellite system engineering; earth observation; remote sensing; space weather; space environment; in-orbit experiments; optical payloads

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The miniaturization of spacecraft and in-orbit technologies is leading to a broader usage of small satellite platforms for technology demonstration, scientific experiments, and New Space businesses in the Earth's orbit. Given the number and the significance of the small satellite market and the exploitation of such platforms for scientific purposes, we propose the Aerospace Special Issue on “Small Satellite Missions”.

This aims to bring together cutting-edge research on the development of novel technologies, experiments, and methodologies for the development, assurance, and operations of small satellites. We encourage submissions that explore a wide range of innovative techniques and technologies, including but not limited to:

  • Small satellite (mini-, micro-, nano-, and pico-satellite) missions design and development.
  • Miniaturization of technologies for implementation in small satellites.
  • Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) approaches to small satellite missions and constellations.
  • Constellation and swarms design and operations.
  • Distributed ground segment networks for small satellite missions.
  • Innovative approaches to system engineering applied to small satellite missions.
  • Subsystems development and operations for small satellite missions and operators.
  • New mission profiles (MEO, HEO, Near-Earth, Lunar, Deep Space, Planetary) for small satellite missions.
  • Trajectory design and navigation systems.
  • Small satellites tracking and space traffic management.

Authors are encouraged to present original research articles that provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in this rapidly evolving field.

Dr. Paolo Marzioli
Dr. Necmi Cihan Örger
Guest Editors

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  • small satellites
  • CubeSats
  • nano-satellites
  • micro-satellites
  • mini-satellites
  • AIV
  • system engineering
  • space systems
  • mission analysis
  • space traffic management

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A Study on the Derivation of Atmospheric Water Vapor Based on Dual Frequency Radio Signals and Intersatellite Communication Networks
Aerospace 2023, 10(9), 807; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace10090807 - 15 Sep 2023
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The atmospheric total water vapor content (TWVC) affects climate change, weather patterns, and radio signal propagation. Recent techniques such as global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are used to measure TWVC but with either compromised accuracy, temporal resolution, or spatial coverage. This [...] Read more.
The atmospheric total water vapor content (TWVC) affects climate change, weather patterns, and radio signal propagation. Recent techniques such as global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are used to measure TWVC but with either compromised accuracy, temporal resolution, or spatial coverage. This study demonstrates the feasibility of predicting, mapping, and measuring TWVC using spread spectrum (SS) radio signals and software-defined radio (SDR) technology on low Earth-orbiting (LEO) satellites. An intersatellite link (ISL) communication network from a constellation of small satellites is proposed to achieve three-dimensional (3D) mapping of TWVC. However, the calculation of TWVC from satellites in LEO contains contribution from the ionospheric total electron content (TEC). The TWVC and TEC contribution are determined based on the signal propagation time delay and the satellites’ positions in orbit. Since TEC is frequency dependent unlike TWVC, frequency reconfiguration algorithms have been implemented to distinguish TWVC. The novel aspects of this research are the implementation of time stamps to deduce time delay, the unique derivation of TWVC from a constellation setup, the use of algorithms to remotely tune frequencies in real time, and ISL demonstration using SDRs. This mission could contribute to atmospheric science, and the measurements could be incorporated into the global atmospheric databases for climate and weather prediction models. Full article
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