Enhancing spaceflight safety with UOS3 cubesat

Lidtke, Aleksander A., Rumpf, Clemens, Tatnall, Adrian, Lewis, Hugh G., Walker, Scott J., Taylor, Mia, Fear, Robert C., Weddell, Alex S., Maunder, Robert G. and Bantock, James R.B. (2015) Enhancing spaceflight safety with UOS3 cubesat At 1st Symposium on Space Educational Activities, Italy. 09 - 12 Dec 2015.


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Earth orbits are becoming increasingly congested. This will not only impact future space operations but also become a concern for the population on the ground; with more spacecraft being flown, more objects will re-enter the atmosphere in an uncontrolled fashion. Parts of these satellites can reach Earth surface and endanger the ground population (e.g. ROSAT or UARS satellites). A student-run project from the University of Southampton aims to build a 1U cubesat (approx. 10 by 10 by 10 cm satellite), which will gather data that will improve the accuracy of re-entry predictions. The cubesat will record and deliver its position and attitude during the orbital decay, thus providing validation data for re-entry prediction tools. This will reduce the risk to the ground population because more accurate prognoses will allow mitigation measures to be implemented in the areas at risk. The mission could also allow the risk of collision between spacecraft to be estimated more accurately thanks to improvement of the atmospheric models. This would give the decision makers more complete information to use, for instance, in collision avoidance manoeuvre planning

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: 1st Symposium on Space Educational Activities, Italy, 2015-12-09 - 2015-12-12
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Organisations: Physics & Astronomy, Electronic & Software Systems, EEE, Winchester School of Art, Southampton Wireless Group
ePrint ID: 384750
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9 December 2015Published
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 13:58
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 04:41
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384750

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