Last 5 Years

Here we provide basic information regarding the research projects that have been developed by the SDG-UPM research group within the last 5 years

 

SysNova: Binary Asteroid Orbit Modification

TITLE: Binary Asteroid Orbit Modification: Kinetic Asteroid-Binary-Object Orbit Modification (KABOOM)
FINANTIAL ENTITY: European Space Agency - General Studies Programme
REFERENCE: ESA Contract ESA/4000107023/12/F/MOS
FROM: 2012/10
TO: 2013/03
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Claudio Bombardelli
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: DEIMOS Space, Bundeswehr University Munich, Astrium GmbH

We study a low-cost interplanetary mission to demonstrate the capability of artificially modifying the orbit of a small (250 ton) binary asteroid body. The targeting spacecraft survives the slow (~1 m/s) impact to carry out the orbit modification measurement afterwards.

 

SysNova: Contactless Asteroid Modification System

TITLE: Contactless Asteroid Modification System: Modification of the Orbit of a Small Asteroid with Ionic Collisions (MOSAIC)
FINANTIAL ENTITY: European Space Agency - General Studies Programme
REFERENCE: ESA Contract ESA/4000107023/12/F/MOS
FROM: 2012/10
TO: 2013/03
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Claudio Bombardelli
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: DEIMOS Space, Astrium GmbH, Bundeswehr University Munich

We study a low-cost interplanetary mission to demonstrate the capability of modifying the orbit of a small (130 ton) asteroid with contactless momentum transfer. The reduced size of the object allows low-delta-V transfer to existing NEOs and greatly simplifies the deflection phase.

 

Dynamical Simulation of Complex Space Systems

TITLE: Dynamical Simulation of Complex Space Systems
FINANTIAL ENTITY: Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation
REFERENCE: AYA2010-18796
FROM: 2011/01/01
TO: ongoing
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jesús Peláez Álvarez

 

Ion Beam Shepherd for Contactelss Debris Removal

TITLE: Ion Beam Shepherd for Contactelss Debris Removal
FINANTIAL ENTITY: European Space Agency - Advanced Concepts Team
REFERENCE: ESTEC Contract 4000101447/10/NL/CBi
FROM: 2010/20/01
TO: 2010/04/01
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Claudio Bombardelli

   The main aim of this ARIADNA Call for Ideas is to perform research on new and innovative scientific and technical concepts for active space debris removal. For the selected concepts or techniques, the first most important research step shall be performed during the study. In principle, all scientific fields of potential relevance are encouraged to propose solutions, which should not be restricted to the classical spacecraft engineering and mission analysis research  communities.

 

Dynamics and Stability of Tethered Satellites at the Lagrangian Points

TITLE: Dynamics and Stability of Tethered Satellites at the Lagrangian Points
FINANTIAL ENTITY: European Space Agency - Advanced Concepts Team
REFERENCE: ESTEC Contract 07/4201
FROM: 2008/01/01
TO: 2008/07/01
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jesús Peláez Álvarez

   The aim of this study is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of tethered system at the Lagrangian points and explore promising applications of this concept.

  1. Develop a comprehensive 3D analytical and numerical model to represent the dynamics of a rotating variable-length electrodynamic tether system (dumbbell model) placed in the vicinity of the collinear Lagrangian points of a generic orbital system or following a periodic or quasi-periodic orbit around these points. Both the tether and the environmental model are expected be kept as simple as reasonable (e.g. rigid tether, dipole magnetic model, etc.). Likewise, when electrodynamic forces are considered, a maximum amount of current will be assumed available without the need to model the tether current collection and the interaction with the plasma.
  2. Non-electrodynamic tethers: evaluate the control capability of the system based on gravitational forces as a function of centre of mass location, tether length and attitude and the impact of the orbital and mass characteristics of the primary and secondary body.
  3. Electrodynamic tethers: evaluate the control capability of the system based on the Lorentz force as a function of the parameters listed above as well as of the available current and investigate the performance of the system as a space power plant.
  4. Stability analysis: Propose at least two control strategies to stabilise the dumbbell motion around the libration points assuming a spin-stabilised system.
  5. Based on the results obtained, promising applications of this concept in future mission scenarios will be evaluated.

 

ESMO

TITLE: European Students Moon Orbiter
ENTITY: European Space Agency - Education
FROM: 2008/03/01
TO: 2009/09/01
TEAM: Flight Dynamics B1 (during phase B1 of the project)
ACADEMICAL SUPERVISOR: Jesús Peláez Álvarez

   The European Student Moon Orbiter is planned to be the first European student mission to the Moon. ESMO also represents an opportunity for students to contribute to the scientific knowledge and future exploration of the Moon by returning new data and testing new technologies.

   During our participation in the project we successfully implemented an Orbit & Attitude Propagator fully validated upon ESA in-house propagators.