P17101: RIT-SPEX Gas Resistojet/public/
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Project SummaryThe 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
- The team plans to meet with our customer (SPEX) to understand their requirements for the propulsion system in their hypothetical mission framework. We also plan to devote a large amount of effort to performing research on electrothermal propulsion systems at the request of the customer.
- The team reviewed requirements and various sources of published projects and research papers on propulsion system design with SPEX.
Use CasesSatellites 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.
- SPEX's mission objective is to maintain a North/South orbit with a geostationary communications satellite for 10 years.
- For a broader-scope use scenario: Overall Use Scenario
Project Goals and Key Deliverables
- Detailed documentation of design process, including research, bill of materials, drawings, etc...
- Working prototype thruster
- Test stand to quantify thruster performance and characterize its capabilities
- Test data supporting a successful design
Customer Requirements (Needs)
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
House of Quality
Design Review Materials
Plans for Next Phase
- David Yin 3-Week Plan
- Dylan Bruce 3-Week Plan
- Phil Linden 3-Week Plan
- Anthony Higgins 3-Week Plan
- Matt Giuffre 3-Week Plan
- James Gandek 3-Week Plan