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Low Earth orbit (LEO) is experiencing a renaissance thanks to increasing commercialisation of space. The opportunities provided by small satellites are enabling diminutive companies and startups, in particular, to make a significant impact on the space economy. Small...
Contractor: UNIV SOUTHAMPTON / Contract Number: 4000115454 / Start Year: 2015
The study aims at investigating technical solutions to design a reliable TT&C system during superior solar conjunctions, to mitigate the detrimental effects of phase and amplitude scintillation, which limit the maneuvers under 5 deg of Sun- Earth-Probe (SEP) angle. ...
Contractor: Arpsoft / Contract Number: 4000112987 / Start Year: 2015
The main objective of the  GSP Study  DETUMBLING – Investigation of Active Detumbling Solutions for Debris Removal  - is to propose and investigate a contact-based de-tumbling strategy using a robot arm. Realistic models were developed for the chaser with robotic-arm, target...
Contractor: GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE, SA / Contract Number: 4000113022 / Start Year: 2014
Optical satellite communications play an increasingly important role in a number of space applications. However, if the system concept includes optical links to the surface of the Earth, the limited availability due to clouds and other atmospheric impacts need to be considered...
Contractor: DLR - German Aerospace Center / Contract Number: 4000110718 / Start Year: 2014
The goal of this study is two-fold. First, to identify and develop a DA- based high-order filter for relative pose estimation. The application considered is the rendezvous with an uncooperative target, modelled after ESA's e.deorbit mission. Secondly, the DA algorithms are...
Contractor: POLITECNICO DI MILANO / Contract Number: 4000117860 / Start Year: 2016
While the MEOSAR is moving to FOC with Galileo satellites that are equipped with SAR transparent payloads, ESA is already investigating its future Galileo-2 (G2G) system for new features. In this framework, one of the aims of the ESA study on Future Concepts for...
Contractor: THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE / Contract Number: 4000116019 / Start Year: 2015
MEOSAR is a system designed to locate emergency beacons anywhere on the Earth in order to coordinate rescue efforts for people, vehicles and facilities in distress. It works by evaluating the time and the frequency of the beacon signal upon arrival at the receiver. From...
Contractor: OHB System AG / Contract Number: 4000115971 / Start Year: 2015
Poor sleep on the ISS remains one of the major factors, which affect negatively the performance and psychological resilience of astronauts. The development of novel effective countermeasures for sleep loss, performance decrements and psychological deficits during space missions...
Contractor: UNIV OF OXFORD / Contract Number: 4000114025 / Start Year: 2015
The current study has evaluated the feasibility of a CubeSat anchoring device in the context of AIM mission. By enabling this capability on a Cubesat type nanosatellite, the overall AIM mission will be further augmented with in-situ scientific measurements such as close...
Contractor: Institute of Space Science / Contract Number: 4000116950 / Start Year: 2016
A package is foreseen which will assess the resource utilisation potential of the lunar surface by drilling, extracting and chemically processing samples of lunar regolith before performing chemical and isotopic analysis on the derived products. In doing so the package can also...
Contractor: THE OPEN UNIVERSITY / Contract Number: 4000111975 / Start Year: 2016
In the future, satellites will have to demonstrate compliance with debris mitigation requirements, covering re-entry or parking graveyard orbits and passivation. Nevertheless, during the mission, a failure could occur without any possibility to manoeuvre the satellite and...
Contractor: THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA / Contract Number: 4000116081 / Start Year: 2015
This study is mainly targeted to performing numerical simulations of a radio science experiment (RSE) with AIM, focused at its precise orbit determination within the Didymos system, providing an assessment of the accuracies achievable in the estimation of the scientific...
Contractor: UNIV BOLOGNA ALMA MATER STUDIORUM / Contract Number: 4000117778 / Start Year: 2016
The project entitled "System analysis of deployable components for micro landers in low gravity environment" is conducted within the framework of the ESA contract no. 4000117150/16/NL/HK/hh. Its goal is to perform an analysis and trade-off between the various design...
Contractor: Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences / Contract Number: 4000117150 / Start Year: 2016
The project is dedicated to an in-depth study of the re-entry of the ESA's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite, for which a rich measurement data set is available up to the very end of its decay phase.  
Contractor: Space Dynamics Services / Contract Number: 4000115172 / Start Year: 2015
DEDICAtE , aims to the development of a dual-channel depolarization lidar technique for the derivation of CALIPSO/ADM-Aeolus/EarthCARE-related conversion factors. CALIPSO is capable of retrieving linear particle depolarization ratio at 532 nm in a global scale, providing this...
Contractor: NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS / Contract Number: 4000112750 / Start Year: 2014
The primary objective of the Benchmarking re-entry prediction uncertainties study is to fully exploit the informa- tion content of the GOCE observations and telemetry collected during its reentry phase for better understand- ing re-entry predictions in general and for GOCE...
Contractor: TU DELFT / Contract Number: 4000115171 / Start Year: 2015
The ISOTROP project was a response to the ESA ITT "Impact of Spaceborne Observations on Tropospheric Composition Analysis and Forecast", AO/1- 6845/11/NL/AF. The general aim is to assess the benefit of the LEO+GEO satellite system for the understanding of local to regional...
Contractor: KNMI / Contract Number: 4000105743 / Start Year: 2012
This Pilot Study aimed at improving the information on the state of the Indonesian marine environment that is gained by combining satellite data, maps of particularly vulnerable coastal areas and model simulations.  
Contractor: UNIV HAMBURG / Contract Number: 4000114612 / Start Year: 2015
The radiation environment in space has severely adverse effects on humans, electronics and materials. The most challenging part of the environment for our understanding of the effects are the highly charged highly energetic (HZE) particles. This study looks at the possibilities...
Contractor: FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT / Contract Number: 4000110709 / Start Year: 2014
Propulsion passivation is most of the time feasible for running missions, using thrusters and existing AOCS modes, whatever the number of tanks and for both monopropellant and bipropellant systems.   For monopropellant systems the propulsion...
Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space / Contract Number: 4000113038 / Start Year: 2014
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