P17101: RIT-SPEX Gas Resistojet
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Problem Definition

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Project Summary

The P17101 team will design and test an electrothermal propulsion system to meet the requirements of a hypothetical satellite mission designed by RIT Space Exploration (SPEX). SPEXsat, a geostationary communications satellite, requires a thruster to perform orbital station-keeping over a 10 year mission lifespan.

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

Use Cases

Satellites in Earth Orbit for long-duration missions in excess of 5-25 years encounter perturbations to their trajectories over time from residual atmospheric & orbital particles or variations in Earth's gravity. These spacecraft perform short maneuvers periodically to compensate for drift and orbital decay called "station keeping" maneuvers.

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Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Customer Requirements (Needs)

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Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

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Constraints

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House of Quality

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Risk Management

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Design Review Materials

Plans for Next Phase

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