The growing competitiveness in the commercial space market has raised the interest in operating small spacecraft at very low altitudes. To make this feasible, the space industry has started developing propulsion options tailored specifically to these platforms. This paper presents a review of emerging micropropulsion technologies and evaluates their applicability to microsatellite missions in the altitude range 250–500 km. The results of the proposed analysis are demonstrated on two different remote sensing applications.

Propulsion options for very low Earth orbit microsatellites

Leomanni, Mirko;
2017

Abstract

The growing competitiveness in the commercial space market has raised the interest in operating small spacecraft at very low altitudes. To make this feasible, the space industry has started developing propulsion options tailored specifically to these platforms. This paper presents a review of emerging micropropulsion technologies and evaluates their applicability to microsatellite missions in the altitude range 250–500 km. The results of the proposed analysis are demonstrated on two different remote sensing applications.
2017
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