Navigation analysis and manoeuvres design for the European Student Moon Orbiter

Alison Gibbings, Daniel Novak, Federico Zuiani, Massimiliano Vasile

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This paper presents the latest results on the navigation and orbit determination analysis of the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO). The paper contains an investigation into the required orbit determination accuracy to inject the spacecraft into an orbit around the Moon that can be maintained without control for at least six months. A new baseline transfer is proposed together with a navigation strategy which fulfil the stringent requirement on the total propellant budget available for this challenging mission.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2010
EventSmall Satellites Systems and Services, The 4S Symposium - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 31 May 20104 Jun 2010


ConferenceSmall Satellites Systems and Services, The 4S Symposium
CityFunchal, Madeira


  • navigation analysis
  • orbit analysis
  • European Student Moon Orbiter (ESM O)
  • lunar orbit

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