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International Journal of Space Science and Engineering (2 papers in press)


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  • Synthesizing of Reactionless Flexible Mechanisms for Space Applications   Order a copy of this article
    by Bin Wei 
    Abstract: Often, one achieves the dynamic balancing condition by resorting to counter-devices approach, however, by doing this, one adds extra weight and therefore the inertia are increased inside the whole system, which is not cost-effective when the system is sent into space and later used in space. In this study, it is suggested one is able to achieve the reactionless condition through combining the self-balanced system. For example, the dynamic balancing condition can be realized via the reconfiguration concept. Extra counter-mass is not employed but through reconfiguring the whole structure, in this way, the system will not get to be heavy and therefore, reduce the energy costs and make the system more applicable and flexible for space applications. Based on this concept, first and foremost, one needs to balance a single component through the reconfiguration approach (i.e. decomposition process) and after that integrate the above balanced components to build the entire system (i.e. integration process). Finally, with the mechanical reconfiguration, the control laws governing the operation of the mechanism also need to be changed, so as to make whole systems more flexible when they are used in space.
    Keywords: reactionless; reconfiguration; integration; space robot.

  • Saturn Ice Ring Exploration Network (SIREN) Mission Platform   Order a copy of this article
    by Eric Shear, John Moores 
    Abstract: SIREN is a proposed mission concept that would demonstrate the use of small spacecraft at the rings of Saturn to quantify the ring environment and study the composition of the ring particles. Many existing small spacecraft technologies are leveraged to make this mission possible. SIREN consists of several daughtercraft deployed from and networked to a mothership in hover-orbit over the ring plane. The mothership is based on the Saturn Ring Observer spacecraft (Nicholson et al, 2010). This paper details the mission objectives, the science requirements, the overall mission design, and the science payloads of the daughtercraft.
    Keywords: mission concepts; CubeSats; spacecraft networks; small spacecraft; Saturn; rings; planetary science;.