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Thiam, Arthur (author)
Progress in Laser powder bed fusion manufacturing has led to greater use of Additive Manufacturing in combustion chambers/nozzles. This allows for the creation of more intricate and efficient solutions, but generates the need for a better understanding of how surface roughness in micro-channels used for engine cooling relates to build angle and...
master thesis 2024
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PARAMESWARAN, ADVAIT (author)
With a growing trend in the miniaturization of satellites, there was a need to develop micro-propulsion systems for these satellites. Since there was a challenge to scale-down conventional propulsion systems, new concepts needed to be developed. One such concept was the micro-resistojet thruster which used heat input to accelerate the propellant...
master thesis 2023
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Singh, Sampuran (author)
Small satellites require efficient propulsion systems for attitude and orbit control. This thesis focuses on the development and characterization of two distinct types of micro-resistojet thrusters, namely Vaporizing Liquid Micro-resistojet (VLM) and Low Pressure Micro-resistojet (LPM). Both concepts are developed at TU Delft and are designed to...
master thesis 2023
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Issenmann, Gabriel (author)
The increasing need for miniaturization of radial pumps has been expressed across a variety of fields including rocket propulsion, which has driven research into their optimization. The literature provides design recommendations aimed at mitigating the adverse effects associated with the low Reynolds regimes of these small-scale pumps. This...
master thesis 2023
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CHUNG, CHIA-YI (author)
The utilization of CubeSats as a cost-effective solution for satellite missions allows universities to engage in outer space research. Notably, the issue of increased tumbling rates during deployment is highlighted, attributed mainly to propulsion and guiding functions performed by existing contact actuators.<br/>The proposed solution in this...
master thesis 2023
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Rapisarda, Claudio (author)
Future Mars exploration missions require safe and controlled landing on the planet’s surface. Conventional entry, descent and landing (EDL) technologies, such as parachutes and rigid aeroshells, face limitations in meeting increasing demands for heavier payloads, harsher entry conditions, and desired landing locations due to their limited...
master thesis 2023
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Vissers, Casper (author)
Quantifying the exergy requirement of propellant insertion into LEO can lead to insight into the feasibility of a lunar propellant-generating architecture. Spacecraft leaving from Earth can greatly reduce their lift-off mass if in-space refueling would possible. Exergy analyses quantify the available energy of a system and show where a reduction...
master thesis 2023
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De Smaele, Kasper (author)
CubeSats suffer from low reliability and have little to no Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery mechanisms onboard. Advanced CubeSat missions such as the Lunar Meteroid Impact Observer (LUMIO), will use more complex attitude determination and control systems, increasing the need for advanced fault detection. Traditionally this requires model...
master thesis 2023
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Verwer, Steven (author)
The thesis explores designing an attitude and orbital control system for an autonomous 6U CubeSat near-Earth asteroid fly-by mission, aiming to conceptualize an off-the-shelf solution. It addresses selecting propulsion systems for interplanetary travel, reaction wheel desaturation, and attitude control during the mission.<br/><br/>Through a fuel...
master thesis 2023
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Bianchi, Francesco (author)
In this report a master thesis work in support to the development of a water-based Vaporizing Liquid Microthruster (VLM) is presented. This device, which makes use of MEMS technology to offer a very high degree of miniaturization, is an extremely compact thruster which achieves an important performance (Isp &gt; 100 s [64]) while utilizing water...
master thesis 2023
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Lengkeek, Pjotr (author)
High power to weight turbo-pumps enable the creation of powerful compact rocket engines capable of launching payload to space. The desire to reduce cost of payload to space requires engineers to push the limits on hardware. Cavitation in turbo-pumps is a phenomenon requiring mitigation when pushing pump rotational speeds and reducing vehicle...
master thesis 2023
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Dunbar, Sean (author)
In recent years an exciting new era of space exploration has begun with the advent of the beyond Earth orbit CubeSat (BEOC) missions. However, utilizing the CubeSat platform for such missions gives rise to a series of significant technological challenges. Fortunately, the field of inflatable space structures offers some tantalizing solutions to...
master thesis 2022
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van Staaveren, Niels (author)
In-space manufacturing (ISM) is an upcoming technology in the space industry. Unprecedented applications can be achieved by producing objects in space, as opposed to bringing objects to space that were produced on Earth. For solar arrays, this means that extremely large array sizes can be achieved, because with ISM the array size is not limited...
master thesis 2022
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Manafu, Marius (author)
The technology of focus in this paper, the applied-field magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster (AF-MPDT), was developed in the 1960s. However, little research has been conducted for this thruster. There is still the need for an accurate model describing the thruster's functioning, its thrust and the physical phenomenons inside.<br/>This project...
master thesis 2022
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van der Horst, Jordy (author)
The general idea of interest of this Master thesis project is the increasing demand for micropropulsion systems for miniaturized spacecraft. The developments and deployment of these satellites increased rapidly in the last decade. CubeSats and more recently PocketQubes are an interesting opportunity for lower budget organizations or universities...
master thesis 2022
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Ciolini, Matteo (author)
The plasma behaviour in an air-propelled Hall thruster (SITAEL HT5k) is investigated by means of numerical modelling and experimental measurements. The air plasma employed (nitrogen/oxygen mixture) is firstly chemically characterized, identifying the most relevant species produced: four neutrals (N<sub>2</sub>, N, O<sub>2</sub>, O), four...
master thesis 2022
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Giordano, Antonio (author)
Interplanetary CubeSat missions enable low-cost exploration missions, in which the design of a primary propulsion system becomes crucial. Emphasis is put on an autonomous Mars mission starting from a parking orbit around Earth: chemical propulsion systems are characterized by high thrust levels and allow fast Earth escape manoeuvres. In recent...
master thesis 2022
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Nett, Fabian (author)
LUMIO is a 12U CubeSat destined for a halo orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 point, requiring 203 m/s of delta V for orbital transfer, station-keeping and disposal manoeuvres, to be delivered by its Main Propulsion System (MPS). A total impulse of 170 N-s is required to be delivered by its Reaction Control System (RCS) for de-tumbling and reaction...
master thesis 2021
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Chandra, Anant (author)
A Low-Pressure Micro-resistojet (LPM) is a type of in-space electrothermal propulsion system for satellites that works by heating low-pressure (50 to 300 Pa) fluid flowing through microchannels/slots (typically &lt;1 mm diameter) using resistive heating elements like thin-film Molybdenum. This thesis delineates a response surface based method to...
master thesis 2021
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Sousa da Costa, Tiago (author)
Micro-propulsion technology is under rapid development and considerably extends the mission capabilities of small spacecraft. However, the flow in conventional nozzles on a microscale is relatively viscous, which, combined with the bounding nozzle walls, leads to low efficiencies. Aerospike nozzles, on the other hand, offer...
master thesis 2021
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