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Angyal, Zalan (author)
The rediscovered interest in space exploration has led to plans to establish outposts on the Moon and beyond. The lunar bases currently planned are to be manned incrementally, with robots performing most work. With new trends in robotics, the use of collaborating swarms has become more abundant. To support lunar operation, a distinct area within...
master thesis 2024
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Kalis, Chris (author)
In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) is gaining prominence in space exploration due to its potential to reduce the number of costly launches from Earth. Among these resources, water holds significant importance for future space endeavours, thanks to its multiple applications e.g. as potable water, for harvesting crops, and as fuel after...
master thesis 2024
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Bolscher, Thijs (author)
As the Moon reemerges as a renewed fronteer in space exploration, the Lunar Zebro project proposes to deploy a swarm of miniature rovers for efficient lunar surface exploration. One of their goals is to leverage recent advancements in deep learning and AI-accelerating hardware, in conjunction with Commercial Off-The-Shelf technologies and the...
master thesis 2024
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Toeter, Akke (author)
Neuromorphic architectures are of interest in space application due to their energy efficiency. However, space radiation has been shown to damage computational hardware. Research has been performed on the radiation robustness of (pre-trained) spiking neural networks, and the brain has shown to be able to recover from certain types of lesions....
master thesis 2023
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Venth, Simon (author)
Modern space systems host increasingly complex payloads in shrinking spacecraft sizes. The data-intensive nature of communication payloads requires sophisticated data handling, where Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) play a crucial role. FPGAs, configurable in software, offer custom circuit advantages without high lead times and costs. In...
master thesis 2023
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Maiorano, Luigi (author)
While image-based georeferencing systems are widely available, none are designed for edge computing on board small satellites in space. Recent advances in autonomous data processing allow points of interest (POIs) to be identified in the captured images, enabling prioritization of data and reducing required downlink bandwidths. Directly...
master thesis 2023
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Verkammen, Marnix (author)
With a continuously growing number of satellites in orbit, it becomes increasingly important to assess their impacts on the Earth's environment in a standardised manner. While interest in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for space missions has gained in strength in the past few years – particularly in Europe – no consensus has yet been reached on a...
master thesis 2023
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Kievits, Joris (author)
The number of satellites in orbit is increasing at an accelerating pace. One major issue that currently hinders the range of satellite applications is data analysis. Most data is transmitted back to ground stations for analysis resulting in bandwidth-related issues, or the processing is performed on board, necessitating large computational power...
master thesis 2023
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Dijks, Jasper (author)
Space radiation monitoring plays an important role in space system engineering. The radiation environment in space has a significant effect on the design considerations of spacecraft. During this thesis performed at CERN, there was research conducted on the Space RadMon-NG payload. The payload is designed as radiation monitor for CubeSats,...
master thesis 2023
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Li, Zhuoheng (author)
Programmers usually write test cases to test onboard software. However, this procedure is time-consuming and needs sufficient prior knowledge. As a result, small satellite developers may not be able to test the software thoroughly. <br/> <br/>A promising direction to solve this problem is reinforcement learning (RL) based testing. It searches...
master thesis 2022
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Shanbhag, Abhimanyu (author)
A miniaturized instrument was developed to enable in-situ measurements of the radiation environment at the Moon. The instrument is designated to function as the science payload for the first mission of the Lunar Zebro nano-rover. Characterization and testing of the Floating Gate Dosimeter (FGDOS) was advanced with an emphasis on its utilization...
master thesis 2022
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de Francisco Carballo, Jorge (author)
Standardization is becoming more commonplace in space missions, aiming to increase reliability and drive down costs. Due to the relative similarities in operating environment between Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs), a highly-adaptable lander may be able to service a majority of SSSBs with minor adaptations. The model-based systems engineering ...
master thesis 2022
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De Meyere, William (author)
The harsh space radiation environment affects both satellite equipment and astronauts. Although a lot of research on this environment has been performed, knowledge gaps remain. One of the main issues is the lack of data with a large spatial and temporal coverage. This can be resolved by the development of simple, compact, cheap but yet precise...
master thesis 2022
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Hendrix, Tom (author)
This thesis evaluates the susceptibility to high energy proton irradiation of the NOEL-V soft processor (SP), a promising and highly modular soft processor by Cobham Gaisler. In order to characterise the performance of the NOEL-V SP in the harsh space radiation environment, the KCU105 development board is used as Device Under Test (DUT).<br/><br...
master thesis 2022
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Kupljenik, Žan (author)
For years, CubeSats have been used as flying testbeds for universities and researches, but now have more commercial applications with every day. Still, they possess certain limitations and their success rate nowadays stands at 75%, with a significant amount of faults being deemed as “unknown”. <br/>The research addresses this issue by defining,...
master thesis 2021
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Johnson, Kim (author)
he radiation shielding capabilities of polymers and Martian regolith simulant MGS-1 are analysed by means of the dose reduction of the absorbed dose radiation quantity. MGS-1 is an analog for Martian surface material while polymers are generally an effective radiation shielding material because of its high hydrogen content. Scenarios of a...
master thesis 2021
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Vilella Ramisa, Marti (author)
To manage the increasing amount of satellite traffic in orbit and renewed operational ambitions, it is crucial to advance the capabilities of space robotic systems to enable complex manipulability tasks. These abilities will provide the necessary components to perform satellite de-orbiting, servicing of important assets, and assistance in on...
master thesis 2021
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de Korte, Nico (author)
Relative navigation systems based on monocular cameras are currently under active investigation for their capability to deliver fast pose solutions under low power and mass requirements. Cameras depend on the passive collection of radiation, making their performance highly dependent on illumination conditions and image background. In the...
master thesis 2021
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Doppenberg, Wouter (author)
The resurgence of interest in landing on the Moon has sparked the creation of a number of novel technologies concerning Terrain-Relative Navigation (TRN) algorithms. They aid in the need for increasingly precise landing, as well as ensuring fully autonomous operations. To achieve this, most technologies use a ubiquitous feature present on the...
master thesis 2021
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Gunessee, Akhil (author)
Over the last five decades, thermal modelling of airless minor planetary bodies such as asteroids have experienced significant improvements. However, at lower wavelengths of the mid-infrared range, thermal models such as the widely used Near-Earth Asteroid Model (NEATM) are still considered unreliable since reflected light starts contributing...
master thesis 2021
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