Small Satellites beyond Earth Orbits

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 709

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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
Interests: space systems engineering; space missions and systems design; tradespace exploration methods; concurrent engineering and virtual reality

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DIMEAS - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Small satellites represent an emerging opportunity to pursue a broad set of mission goals. Missions beyond Earth orbit with these miniaturized platforms are extremely fascinating and very challenging at the same time. They have the potential to achieve new discoveries in planetary science, astronomy, and astrophysics, and to open new frontiers in space exploration. Disruptive technology and novel concepts are needed in order to achieve unprecedented results with these resource-constrained missions.

The present topic aims to stimulate the discussion on crucial aspects that enable the adoption of small satellites both in support of the operations of larger probes, planetary orbiters, landers and rovers, and as stand-alone small missions.

Original papers are encouraged on the topic, including (but not being limited to):

  • Scientific studies and payloads
  • Enabling technologies
  • Novel mission concepts
  • Trajectory design
  • Mission planning and operations
  • Reliability and safety

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Corpino
Dr. Fabrizio Stesina
Guest Editors

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  • interplanetary small satellites
  • interplanetary mission concepts
  • miniaturized space technology in deep space
  • scientific payloads
  • planetary science
  • space exploration
  • CubeSat

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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