Investigation into Hybrid Rockets and Other Cost-Effective Propulsion System Options for Small Satellites
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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The Authors primary research objective was to investigate cost- effective propulsion system options for small satellite missions. To explain the context for his work, the chapter begins with a brief background on the satellite engineering group at the University of Surrey UoSAT. From there, future mission opportunities for small satellites are described from which the motivation for this research topic derives. Concurrent with this research, the University was designing a multi-mission minisatellite bus. The design objectives for this project are summarized to indicate the near-term application for my results. The minsatellite project provided a well-defined set of requirement and constraints enabling me to narrow the scope of my research and develop a detailed set of research goals. With these goals in mind, specific tasks were derived to guide the program. These goals are reviewed and an overview of the research plan is presented. Each goal and its corresponding tasks are summarised. A list of my own publications during the research concludes the chapter.
- Rocket Engines
- Unmanned Spacecraft