03/10/2017

Elecnor Deimos showcases its
latest applied research at the
68th International Astronautical Congress

Elecnor Deimos participated last week in the 68th International Astronautical Congress with several presentations of its latest applied research. The event took place in Adelaide, Australia, and congregated some of the most important personalities of the global space industry, gathering more than 4500 participants from 84 different countries.

The first of the company’s presentations, performed by the flight systems engineer David Riley, dealt with “Design for Demise”. The study considers modifications to spacecraft at different design levels in order to meet the space debris mitigation requirements. To validate the proposed techniques in representative mission scenarios, these were applied to CarbonSat, a proposed ESA Earth Observation mission.

It was followed by the Post-Flight Mission Analysis of the Coasting, Entry and Descent of ExoMars’s Schiaparelli demonstrator. The results obtained contributed to validate key technologies and design tools, such as the Deimos Space Planetary Entry Toolbox (PETBox) for Mission Engineering and the related design methodology for Atmospheric Flight, now Flight Qualified for both missions on Earth and Mars.

With these new contributions, Elecnor Deimos consolidates its position at the vanguard of applied research and shows its commitment to expanding the frontiers of space science and exploration

Within the Space Communications and Navigations Symposium, Elecnor Deimos presented an innovative Stochastic Constellation Replenishment Planner. Although designed and implemented for Galileo Second Generation, the approach is not limited to GNSS and could be extended to Earth Observation and communications mega-constellations.

Philip Davies, managing director of Deimos Space UK, introduced the company’s contribution to the UK’s commitment to become a launching state. A detailed business case for a UK launch operation was established, based on a thorough analysis of the potential market accessible to a UK launch operation and costs analysis. A number of potential launch site locations across the north of the UK were traded-off in order to inform future decision making by potential operators.

Finally, the Master Thesis research of the university student Pablo Moral Maroto was showcased at the Astrodynamics Symposium, a result of the fruitful collaboration established between Elecnor Deimos and Universidad Carlos III. The study deals with ballistic captures and transfer opportunities for a mission to Mars, considering profiles that allow launching outside of the standard Earth-Mars launch windows. It was presented by Elecnor Deimos CEO, Miguel Belló, who has never abandoned the technical side of the business. He declared himself “very privileged to be able to offer meaningful challenges to our interns, and to see how their work gets recognised at the highest level”.

Every year, the International Astronautical Federation together with the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), holds the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which is hosted by one of the national society members of the IAF. With this new contribution to one of the most important space events of the year, Elecnor Deimos consolidates its position at the vanguard of applied research and shows its commitment to expanding the frontiers of space science and exploration.

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