Analytical Framework for Staging of Space Propulsion Systems

Oliver Jia-Richards, Paulo Lozano
2020 Journal of Propulsion and Power  
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. Staging of space propulsion systems would allow lifetime limitations inherent to small propulsion systems to be bypassed in order to enable high-∆V capabilities for small spacecraft, in particular mass and volume constrained CubeSats. In addition, staging can be used to provide redundancy in the propulsion system, counteract thruster degradation, or open up new avenues of
more » ... n optimization. Analytical approximations are developed in order to provide a computationally-simple approach to the design, analysis, definition of propulsion technology requirements, and online autonomous decision making for systems that make use of staging of propulsion elements. In addition, the analytical approximations provide insight into the dependencies of performance metrics on system parameters. Equations are developed for any mission, defined by its ∆V, and then specialized for escape trajectories.
doi:10.2514/1.b37722 fatcat:ib4uiezwbbgwfjr3mjaljpfwf4