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HRWS - An Ambitious 4+ Satellite Formation Flying Mission

Spiridonova, Sofya and Kahle, Ralph (2019) HRWS - An Ambitious 4+ Satellite Formation Flying Mission. 27th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, 24.-28. Feb. 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

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High Resolution Wide Swath (HRWS) is an ambitious Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission proposed by Airbus Defence and Space, which will potentially exploit formation flight and the novel MirrorSAR concept to achieve unprecedented imaging characteristics by means of fractionated radar architecture, Ref. [1] and [2]. Originally planned as a follow-on of the extremely successful TerraSAR-X project, the HRWS mission and the satellite itself gradually took on a very different form, as the scientific goals grew more and more challenging. Now to be possibly equipped with electric propulsion and more than 3 times heavier than TerraSAR-X, the HRWS satellite is to be maintained within the control tube of merely 100 m (desired minimum) to maximum 250 m radius around the repeat ground-track reference orbit. On top of that, it is planned to augment the mission by 3 to 4 low-cost companion satellites flying in close proximity (down to ~100 m) to one another. Altogether, these challenges call for a very careful consideration of the absolute and relative orbit control concepts in order to develop a safe and precise maneuver strategy.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127795/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:HRWS - An Ambitious 4+ Satellite Formation Flying Mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Spiridonova, SofyaSofya.Spiridonova (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kahle, Ralphralph.kahle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:High Resolution Wide Swath, formation flight, passive formation safety
Event Title:27th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
Event Location:Melbourne, Australia
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:24.-28. Feb. 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - SAR missions
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Spiridonova, Sofya
Deposited On:12 Jun 2019 14:24
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:25

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