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International Journal of Space Science and Engineering (3 papers in press)


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  • Out - of - plane equilibria in the restricted five-body problem with radiation pressure   Order a copy of this article
    by Aguda Ekele Vincent 
    Abstract: The photogravitational restricted five-body problem is employed to describe the motion of an infinitesimal test particle in the special case where two of the primaries are radiation sources. The four primaries mi, i = 0, , 3 three of which have equal masses (m1 = m2 = m3 = m) are located at the vertices of an equilateral triangle, while the fourth one with a different mass m0 is located at the centre of this configuration (Oll
    Keywords: celestial mechanics; out-of-plane equilibria; restricted five-body problem; R5BP; Ollöngren’s problem; radiation pressure; zero velocity curves; ZVCs; stability.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSPACESE.2018.10013617
  • Proportional-Derivative-Acceleration Controller Design for Spacecraft with Flexible Appendages   Order a copy of this article
    by Anirudh Agarwal, George Vukovich 
    Abstract: A design methodology for certain third order systems is demonstrated using the root locus method, and extended and applied to a simple SISO model of a single axis of a flexible spacecraft with sensor and actuator dynamics included. The controller, including derivative and acceleration feedback, is tuned for the flexible spacecraft system to improve its steady state and transient performance. A numerical example then demonstrates the features of the controller.rnrn
    Keywords: flexible spacecraft; acceleration feedback; root locus design.

  • Benchmarking the Human Exploration of Mars Design Reference Architecture   Order a copy of this article
    by JaMar Watson 
    Abstract: This research benchmarks the Design Reference Architecture 5.0 by quantifying its mission utility in satisfying mission objectives derived from human exploration of Mars community consensus. Acolytions Progspexion is utilized for modeling and simulation of the DRA in determination of potential mission outcomes and computation of crewed mission to Mars metrics. While establishing a baseline performance, the research determines the DRAs mission utility is limited due to a lack of its consideration during design. In addition, the research indicates the DRA simultaneously contains an overwhelming number of single points of failure with high criticality and lacks an adequate hierocracy of contingency and abort strategies to preclude loss of mission and crew fatality.
    Keywords: Design Reference Architecture; Mission Utility Analysis; Human Spaceflight; Mars Exploration; Space Mission Simulation; Progspexion.