Design and Trade-offs of a Pole-Sitter Mission [chapter]

Matteo Ceriotti, Jeannette Heiligers, Colin R. McInnes
2014 Advances in Solar Sailing  
This paper provides a mission analysis and systems design of a pole-sitter mission, i.e. a spacecraft that is continuously above an Earth Pole, and can provide real-time, continuous and hemispherical coverage of the polar regions. Two different propulsion strategies are proposed: solar electric propulsion (SEP) and SEP hybridized with a solar sail. For both, minimum-propellant pole-sitter orbits and transfers are designed, assuming Soyuz and Ariane 5 launch options. A mass budget analysis
more » ... dget analysis allows for a tradeoff between mission lifetime and payload mass capacity (up to 7 years for 100 kg), and candidate payloads for a range of applications are investigated.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34907-2_20 fatcat:p55sxrkv5ndcnku57ifojv4rhu