Topical Collection "Micro-Propulsion Systems and Components for Small Spacecraft—Current Trends, Innovations and Challenges"
A topical collection in Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Dr. Angelo Cervone
Miniaturized spacecraft in the nano-satellite class, such as CubeSats or PocketQubes, are making access to space more and more easy, fast, and cheap, especially with the recent developments in miniaturization technologies. Simplification of the satellite infrastructure and use of off-the shelf electronic components make it possible to design and produce a working satellite at low cost. As a consequence, although this class of spacecraft were initially used mostly in Academic projects, they are rapidly attracting attention of research institutions and companies for specific commercial applications.
However, a limit on the exponential growth that small satellite launches have shown in recent years is posed by the relatively small number of available dedicated propulsion systems. Propulsive capabilities are fundamental for these platforms to totally realize their potential, allowing them to engage in a wider range of missions such as those characterized by many satellites flying in formation or in a constellation, possibly even in low altitude orbits. The strict mass, volume, and power limitations typically imposed by small satellite requirements make it impossible to simply scale down “conventional” propulsion systems: completely different, and often unique, micro-technologies are needed to help develop a compliant propulsion system, including Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and high level component integration. Therefore, research on micro-propulsion systems for small satellites is currently a very “hot”, active and innovative field, which involves a large number of universities and companies. This Special Issue will host a selection of advanced developments in the field, related to any kind of micro-propulsion concept.
Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts on analytical, numerical, design, test or integration activities of micro-propulsion systems for small spacecraft. Proposed papers can either relate to the complete system or specific components of it (nozzle, thruster, valves, sensors, tank, power conditioning, propellants, fluidic lines, etc.). Contributions on chemical, cold gas, electric or electro-thermal propulsion are welcome, as well as advanced propulsion concepts.
Prof. Darren L. Hitt
Dr. Angelo Cervone
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Aerospace is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 550 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- small spacecraft;
- miniaturization of space systems and components
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