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Garcia Bonilla, Juan (author)
Solar sailing is a promising propellantless propulsion method that employs large reflective surfaces to harness solar radiation pressure for spacecraft propulsion. Despite the fact that several solar-sail near-Earth missions will launch in the coming years, there is notable lack of published studies on the uncertainties associated with missions...
master thesis 2023
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Haagh, Luc (author)
The first mission proposals to visit the Alpha Centauri system use photon-sail acceleration as a mode of propulsion to reach this stellar system closest to our own Solar System. To prepare for a future mission, the photon-sail dynamics in the system is investigated. Planar Lyapunov orbits around the colinear classical Lagrange points are...
master thesis 2023
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Andrade Castanheira, Francisco (author)
The optimization of interplanetary, low-­thrust trajectories is a computationally expensive aspect of preliminary mission design. To reduce the computational burden associated with it, surrogate models can be used as cheap approximations of the original fitness function. Training the surrogate models in a fully online manner can be done to...
master thesis 2022
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de Vries, Joël (author)
Single-Stage-To-Orbit (SSTO) launch vehicles are capable of reaching orbit while being potentially fully reusable. A technology capable of enabling SSTO access to space is the air-breathing engine, which has a high specific impulse and low thrust-over-weight (T/W) ratio compared to conventional rocket engines. This necessitates the use of a...
master thesis 2022
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Chinari Subhechha Subudhi, Subhechha (author)
The applications for which the data from Earth observation satellites can be used are dependent on the precision and accuracy of the position of the satellite. Hence, precise orbit determination of satellites is crucial for the success of Earth observation satellites like the Sentinel family of satellites. TU Delft is an analysis center of the...
master thesis 2022
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Puts, Elmar (author)
Many contemporary interplanetary missions use efficient low-thrust engines to reach the far corners of our Solar System. Their trajectories, however, have proven to be complicated to optimise due to the non-impulsive manoeuvres involved in low-thrust spaceflight. Even though shaping methods have been used extensively to reduce the computational...
master thesis 2021
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Saz Ulibarrena, Veronica (author)
The use of low-thrust propulsion for interplanetary missions requires the implementation of new methods for the preliminary design of their trajectories. This thesis proposes a method using the Monotonic Basin Hopping global optimization algorithm to find feasible trajectories with optimum use of the mass of fuel for the case in which the...
master thesis 2021
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Meeuwissen, Bart (author)
Re-entry mission design remains an active field of study to safely return space missions back to Earth. With the developments in on-board computers, mission design and especially optimization of these missions has been performed numerically at an increasing rate at the cost of computing power. Analytical second-order methods have previously been...
master thesis 2021
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Brederveld, Jan (author)
Various machine learning algorithms have been applied to find optimal lowthrust<br/>satellite trajectories, however, no fair comparison of their accuracy has been made yet. In this paper, two common and promising supervised machine learning algorithms are compared for their regression capacities:<br/>the artificial neural network and the...
master thesis 2021
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Moreno Gonzalez, Andres (author)
Low-thrust propulsion's main advantage is its efficient propellant usage. This holds for manoeuvres as well as for major orbital changes, both for LEO/MEO/GEO satellites and for interplanetary missions. In designing such missions, extensive numerical models as well as less demanding analytic first-order approximations can be used. A specific...
master thesis 2020
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Frericks, H. (author)
Jupiter is the most visited outer solar system planet, but the exact variation in atmospheric properties along its disk remains largely a mystery. This is where polarimetry fits into the picture. Its added value to spectrometry by additionally measuring the polarisation degree and direction of light makes it a suitable remote sensing tool for...
master thesis 2020
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Gómez Pérez, Pablo (author)
In this thesis, a new method to approximate the cost function of Low-Thrust, Multiple-Gravity-Assist interplanetary trajectories using a Machine Learning surrogate is proposed. This method speeds up the optimization process without fine tuning of the surrogate parameters for every individual case. The computational cost of obtaining training...
master thesis 2020
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Benayas Penas, Miguel (author)
The Kuiper Belt is considered to be formed by remnants of the original Solar System, that is why exploration missions to that region are susceptible of having an enormous scientific impact. Nonetheless, it is far away from Earth, missions to KBO targets a significant challenge. Additionally, current methods to identify trajectories that...
master thesis 2020
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Stubbig, Leon (author)
Building on recent advances in the fields of low-thrust trajectory optimization based on shaping methods, Artificial Neural Networks, and surrogate models in Evolutionary Algorithms, an investigation into a novel optimization routine is conducted. A flexible Python tool to evaluate linked trajectories in a two-body model based on the hodographic...
master thesis 2019
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Facchinelli, Michele (author)
The amount of propellant required to perform deep-space maneuvers usually consists of a large percentage of the total spacecraft mass. In the early '90s, a new technique was experimented at the end of the Magellan mission, which employed the atmosphere of Mars itself, to reduce the eccentricity of the orbit over a long period of time. Said...
master thesis 2018
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Kardol, Sven (author)
Even though several orbit visualization tools exist, the ability to compare multiple satellite orbits or manipulate time are not readily available with the current tools. Furthermore, most other visualization tools require additional effort or installations to work properly. To address these issues with other tools an interactive, web-based,...
master thesis 2018
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Maltha, Rutger (author)
Given the difficulty that is normally associated with tuning highly nonlinear control systems, such as seen in LEO spacecraft, it is interesting to evaluate how new controller types perform. The measured data from the GOCE mission has led to the creation of high fidelity torque models describing the angular perturbations acting on a spacecraft....
master thesis 2018
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Abdolhay, Hamid Reza (author)
With the introduction of Interplanetary Laser Ranging (ILR), the acquired tracking measurements accuracy of planets can be improved drastically (up to a few millimeters) which can result in an improvement in planetary ephemerides of not only the planet which is the target of laser ranging but also other bodies in the solar system due to...
master thesis 2018
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Pronk, Anne (author)
Measurements in the frequency range below 30 MHz, key to a better understanding of the origins of our universe, are one of the last unexplored areas of radio astronomy. Low frequency measurements suffer greatly from disturbance from man-made signals. Therefore, satellite missions are proposed which use the Moon as a shield from these...
master thesis 2018
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Agrawal, Abhishek (author)
We study the orbital motion of regolith around asteroids, lofted from the surface due to impact cratering events, to understand the displacement of material on the surface and in orbit. The cratering events could be natural such as from meteoroid impacts, or they can be induced from spacecraft activities such as in-situ sample collection....
master thesis 2018
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