Attitude/orbit simulation tools for drag-augmented deorbiting - The DGNC Project

F Vedova, L Ottone, R Nogueron, Antonio Rinalducci, Pedro V M Simplicio

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Abstract

The paper describes the work performed and results achieved by LuxSpace for the ESA-supported DGNC project. DGNC stands for Dragsail GNC. It is a project aiming at identifying the best GNC solution to be proposed for satellite (debris) deorbiting thanks to Dragsails. The proposed and investigated GNC options are : (1) no attitude control, (2a) active attitude control constantly maximizing the area exposed to drag, this with a flat Dragsail, and (2b) active attitude control constantly maximizing the area exposed to drag, this with a pyramidal Dragsail. All DGNC options are also compared to deorbiting with (remainings of) onboard propulsion. In support to the DGNC system design and analyses, a GNC MIL i.e. a dedicated simulation tool has been created and validated within the ESA-supported GNCDE development environment. The paper describes also this LuxSpace's GNC MIL.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016
Event6th International Conference on Astrodynamics, Tools and Techniques (ICATT) - Darmstadtium, Germany
Duration: 14 Mar 201617 Mar 2016
Conference number: 6

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Astrodynamics, Tools and Techniques (ICATT)
Abbreviated titleICATT
CountryGermany
CityDarmstadtium
Period14/03/1617/03/16

Keywords

  • CleanSpace
  • DGNC
  • Dragsail
  • GNC
  • Sail
  • Simulator
  • DAS

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