Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture

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Abstract

This paper presents the architecture of a system of models that provides realistic simulation of the dynamic, in-orbit behaviour of a CubeSat. Time-dependent relationships between sub-systems and between the satellite and external nodes (ground stations and celestial bodies) are captured through numerical analysis of a multi-disciplinary set of state variables including position, attitude, stored energy, stored data and system temperature. Model-Based Systems Engineering and parametric modelling techniques are employed throughout to help visualise the models and ensure flexibility and expandability. Operational mode states are also incorporated within the design, allowing the systems engineer to assess flight behaviour over a range of mission scenarios. Finally, both long and short term dynamics are captured using a coupled-model philosophy; described as Lifetime and Operations models. An example mission is analysed and preliminary results are presented as an illustration of early capabilities.
LanguageEnglish
PagesArticle IAC-13-B4.3.4
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2013
Event64th International Astronautical Congress 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: 23 Sep 201327 Sep 2013

Conference

Conference64th International Astronautical Congress 2013
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period23/09/1327/09/13

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Flight Simulation
Parametric Modeling
Coupled Model
Systems Engineering
Numerical Analysis
Lifetime
Subsystem
Orbit
Flexibility
Model
Model-based
Scenarios
Systems engineering
Term
Numerical analysis
Vertex of a graph
Energy
Orbits
Range of data
Architecture

Keywords

  • modelling and simulation
  • CubeSat mission
  • flight dynamics
  • in-orbit behaviour

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Lowe, C. J., Macdonald, M., & Greenland, S. (2013). Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture. Article IAC-13-B4.3.4. Paper presented at 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, Beijing, China.
Lowe, Christopher John ; Macdonald, Malcolm ; Greenland, Stephen. / Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture. Paper presented at 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, Beijing, China.8 p.
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Lowe, CJ, Macdonald, M & Greenland, S 2013, 'Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture' Paper presented at 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, Beijing, China, 23/09/13 - 27/09/13, pp. Article IAC-13-B4.3.4.

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2013. Article IAC-13-B4.3.4 Paper presented at 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, Beijing, China.

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