"Autonomous Onboard Orbit Control" - the 12th of October, Tuesday, at 11 am in the Seminar room


Onboard orbit control, now being demonstrated on UoSAT-12, is intended to revolutionise the orbit maintenance and mission planning for spacecraft. Microcosm's Orbit Control Kit (OCK) uses no more propellant than traditional orbit maintenance, minimises the disturbance on the spacecraft and maintains the satellite in a user defined orbit such that its position in as much as 10 years in advance can be known to within a few kilometres with simple computations on a hand held calculator. No ground operations or spacecraft commands are required.