Special Issue "Orbit Determination of Earth Orbiting Objects"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Piergentili
Guest Editor
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
Interests: space; satellite; astrodynamics; control systems engineering; space technology; spacecraft; aeronautical engineering; orbital mechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of emerging technologies aiming to reduce the size of electronic components, thus improving their efficiency, give a dramatic impulse to launch a large number of objects into orbit. The number of nano- and micro-satellites, as well as CubeSats, are increasing constantly, and new mega constellations will overcrowd the Earth’s orbit in the near future. This situation will lead to needing more efficient and reliable technologies for tracking and measuring orbital objects, both operative and not. For example, as the requirements in measurement accuracy for determining the impact point of the reentering objects have increased to meet the growing demands of public safety, traditional methods have to be improved, together with the introduction of more advanced analysis techniques and observation technologies. Complex systems based on ground-based measurements (radar and optical), capable of improving the accuracy of trajectory determination, and to permit the physical characterization, in terms of shape and materials, of these objects, may be expected to continuously drive advancement in this field.

This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the recent advances in trajectory and attitude estimation, and the physical characterization of Earth orbiting objects, especially applied to the operation and reentry phase. Authors are invited to submit full research articles and review manuscripts addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Methods for initial orbit determination
  • Catalogue build-up and maintenance
  • Data fusion from different sources
  • Advanced ground- and space-based measurement techniques
  • Attitude determination of orbiting objects from on ground measurements
  • Photometry and spectroscopy of space debris
  • Reentering object trajectory estimation
  • Conjunction analysis
  • Mega constellation tracking and measurements

Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Piergentili
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • aerospace
  • orbit and attitude determination
  • space debris measurements

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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