DISCOVERER – DISruptive teChnOlogies for VERy low .. (DISCOVERER)
DISCOVERER – DISruptive teChnOlogies for VERy low Earth oRbit platforms
Start date: Jan 1, 2017,
End date: Mar 31, 2021
We envision a radical redesign of Earth observation platforms for sustained operation at significantly lower altitudes than the current state of the art, using a combination of new aerodynamic materials, aerodynamic control and air-breathing electric propulsion for drag-compensation, for a variety of observation methods with the aim of creating a new platform paradigm.This vision requires foundational research in spacecraft aerodynamic characterization, in material aerodynamics and atomic oxygen resistance, in electric propulsion, and control methods. These activities are by their nature multidisciplinary covering atmospheric science, surface chemistry and material characterization, control engineering, spacecraft design, payload engineering, etc.
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