Lessons learned from Space-SI Experiments on PRisma Mission
2013 (English)In: 45th International Conference on Spacecraft Formation Flying Missions & Technologies, Munich, Germany, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
In the paper several lessons learned from the set of formation flying experiments, performed by the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies (Space-SI) and OHB Sweden with Prisma Mango (for Main) and Tango (for Target) satellites in September 2011, are reviewed. First experiment performed was In-flight simulated radar interferometry where one satellite simulated SAR transmitter and receiver, and the other receiver only. Second experiment was the Observation of non-co-operative objects - space debris. On the basis of the space debris Two Line Elements, Mango was reoriented to point the Mango’s vision based camera towards the point of closest approach and several images were taken in a sequence. A challenging task is the close observation of the space debris. In our experiment Tango was simulating the debris and its 3D model was reconstructed from the shots taken by Mango. Next lesson was learned from the In-flight simulated distributed instrument where Tango was acting as the holder of the optical system with lenses and/or mirrors while Mango was acting as the holder of detectors. The last but not the least lesson learned from the experiments was acquired from the critical evaluation of formation flying models.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Formation flying guidance, Radar interferometry, Distributed instrument, Space debris, Formation flying models.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-164918OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-164918DiVA: diva2:806464
45th International Conference on Spacecraft Formation Flying Missions & Technologies, Munich, Germany
QC 201504212015-04-202015-04-202015-04-21Bibliographically approved