Special Issue "Micro/Nono Satellites Missions and Control"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2024 | Viewed by 74

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Masahiro Nohmi
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Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka 422-8529, Japan
Interests: nano-satellite development; satellites cooperative control; space robotics; lunar and planetary exploration
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microsatellites appeared in the early 21st century and have evolved exponentially since then. Characterized by short-term development, low costs, and challenging missions, they are now employed in a wide variety of fields; in addition, efforts aimed at their commercialization have begun, and they are being developed for practical application. Initially, their application started with CubeSat, a cubic satellite with a side of 10 cm developed by the university; this engendered innovation in small satellites of 100 kg or less by using the technology that had been cultivated, such as the utilization of consumer technology, the standardization of design, manufacturing, and testing. In addition to being employed for earth observation and communication satellites, their application is developing from orbital services to deep space exploration. Some of them have already started to be commercialized, and it is expected that their practical value will expand further in the future. CubeSat is also used effectively in the field of education, and from the perspective of an amateur satellite that can be developed by anyone, it is greatly contributing to the expansion of the basis of space utilization. In this Special Issue, we welcome papers addressing the application of microsatellites, from basic experimental research at universities to business use, missions and the control of small and microsatellites, including operations, past efforts, their current status, future use, etc. By summarizing the trends observed in small and microsatellites, we hope to promote their future application, create new missions, and promote innovations in the field of space utilization.

Prof. Dr. Masahiro Nohmi
Guest Editor

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  • microsatellite
  • nonosatellite
  • orbital mission
  • deep space mission
  • satellite operation
  • on orbital verification
  • satellite development

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