In commemoration of Prof. Dr. Darren Lee Hitt: Micro-Propulsion for Small Spacecraft — Current Trends, Innovations and Challenges

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

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Department of Space Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Faculty, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: space propulsion; small spacecraft design; space systems engineering; miniaturization of space systems and components; interplanetary CubeSat missions
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Dear colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Prof. Dr. Darren Hitt on 10th May 2019. Darren was a kind, supportive member of the Editorial Board of this journal with a keen interest in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and aerospace engineering and science.

Darren had an outstanding impact on the teaching and research excellence of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont, with a total number of 117 academic publications in Scopus that contributed to scientific and technological advancements in many areas, particularly in aerospace engineering.

Aerospace is honored to announce this Special Issue dedicated to the memory of Prof. Hitt, which represents an ideal continuation of the previous Topical Collection co-edited by him and by Dr. Angelo Cervone. (

Miniaturized spacecraft in the nano- and pico-satellite class, such as CubeSats or PocketQubes, are making access to space easier, faster, and cheaper. Today, this type of spacecraft are not used anymore just in academic projects, but they are also becoming more and more attractive for commercial applications and for missions of high scientific relevance, including interplanetary ones.

Given their extended range of applications and more ambitious design goals, the availability of adequate propulsive capabilities becomes fundamental for these platforms to totally realize their potential. However, the strict mass, volume, and power limitations typically imposed by small satellite requirements make it often impossible to simply scale down “conventional” propulsion systems: completely different, and sometimes unique, micro-technologies and concepts are needed to help to develop a compliant propulsion system.

This Special Issue intends to host contributions addressing innovations and challenges in the micro-propulsion field, at both system and component level (nozzle, thruster, valves, sensors, tank, power conditioning, propellants, fluidic lines, etc.). Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts describing analytical, numerical, design, test or integration activities on chemical, cold gas, electric or electrothermal propulsion, as well as advanced concepts.

Dr. Angelo Cervone
Guest Editor

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  • Micro-propulsion
  • small spacecraft
  • CubeSats
  • miniaturization of space systems and components

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