The University of Southampton
Engineering and the Environment

Research project: Fractionated satellites - Dormant

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A new way of implementing space systems.

Project Overview

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Fractionated Satellite System

A fractionated satellite consists of a number of distinct free flying modules with specific functions (such as a high speed downlink or a payload), but connected wirelessly. By connecting the modules in this way they function as a single entity and can deliver the same capability as a single satellite with all the same functions on-board. This research explores  the best way to design a fractionated system such that a continuity of measurements can be maintained over a period greater than a "traditional" mission lifetime (10-12 years) whilst minimising the mass launched over the operational lifetime.

Associated research themes

Mechatronics, signal processing and control

Related research groups

Astronautics

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