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Orbital Hub: Providing a LEO-infrastructure for multi-disciplinary science and commercial use cases

Maiwald, Volker and Quantius, Dominik and Philpot, Claudia and Vrakking, Vincent (2023) Orbital Hub: Providing a LEO-infrastructure for multi-disciplinary science and commercial use cases. In: Handbook of Space Resources Springer.

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Skylab, Saljut, MIR, the International Space Station, Tiangong have been space stations in low Earth orbit (LEO), allowing access to a microgravity environment for scientific or technology demonstration experiments. Future plans for using resources in LEO are planning commercial applications (e.g. Axiom Space Station, Bigelow Commercial Space Station) or scientific ones (e.g. the Chinese Space Station). To analyse all possible needs of potential users, the authors have surveyed needs from a commercial and a scientific perspective. Derived from that a design has been elaborated allowing for a versatile, flexible and cost-effective platform. This Orbital Hub can serve as a core unit for a larger complex or act on its own. It consists of a base platform, permanently crewed, and a crew-tended Free Flyer facilitating experiments in an unperturbed environment. This chapter presents the design of the Orbital Hub and its capability to be used in combination with other space station concepts or even parts of the ISS. It lines out how it can complement e.g. Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway and points out advantages over larger platforms, e.g. ISS. Implications concerning application, LEO resources, costs and key technologies are discussed. Overall it is shown how a small platform ca be utilized to access those resources efficiently.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143299/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Orbital Hub: Providing a LEO-infrastructure for multi-disciplinary science and commercial use cases
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Maiwald, VolkerUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4591-0089UNSPECIFIED
Vrakking, VincentUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8633-2847UNSPECIFIED
Date:28 April 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Handbook of Space Resources
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Keywords:space station, low-Earth-orbit
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - CEF Studies
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Maiwald, Volker
Deposited On:28 Jul 2021 08:38
Last Modified:01 Sep 2023 11:09

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