We envision a radical redesign of Earth observation platforms for sustained operation at significantly lower altitudes than the current state of the art, using a combination of new aerodynamic materials, aerodynamic control and air-breathing electric propulsion for drag-compensation, for a variety of observation methods with the aim of creating a new platform paradigm.
This vision requires foundational research in spacecraft aerodynamic characterization, in material aerodynamics and atomic oxygen resistance, in electric propulsion, and control methods. These activities are by their nature multidisciplinary covering atmospheric science, surface chemistry and material characterization, control engineering, spacecraft design, payload engineering, etc.
Field of science
- /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aeronautical engineering
- /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/control engineering
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Funding SchemeRIA - Research and Innovation action
WC1E 6BT London