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Results of Low-Cost Propulsion System Research for Small Satellite Application

  • J. J. Sellers
  • T. J. Lawrence
  • M. Paul
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Abstract

The paper summarizes on-going research into low-cost propulsion system options for small satellite attitude and orbit control. Research into the primary cost drivers for propulsion systems is discussed along with implications for practical, cost-effective designs. Results of hybrid rocket experiments are highlighted. Applications for this technology on future low-cost missions is examined. Other technology options are also reviewed including cold-gas thrusters, resistojets and low-thrust bi-propellant engines. The propulsion system for the forthcoming UoSAT-12 minisatellite system is described in detail along with on-orbit capability and operational modes. Future propulsion research work is summarized.

Keywords

Propulsion System Small Satellite Specific Impulse Lunar Orbit Heat Transfer Efficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Sellers
    • 1
  • T. J. Lawrence
    • 1
  • M. Paul
    • 2
  1. 1.United States Air ForceCSER, University of SurreyGuildfordUK
  2. 2.Surrey Satellite Technology LtdGuildfordUK

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