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Lessons learnt from operating ESEO

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posted on 14.07.2020, 13:53 authored by G. Curzi, A. Lucci, A. Locarini, D. Modenini, P. Tortora, G. Mariotti, D. Cinarelli, V. Fabbri, N. Melega
Since 2003, the Microsatellite and Space Microsystems Lab at the University of Bologna (UniBo) has extended his research activities to the design of a ground segment for small satellites missions. In the framework of the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO), an ESA Education Office project for the development of a microsatellite mission, with SITAEL S.p.A. as the Industrial System Prime Contractor, the first-generation GS has been upgraded to support ESEO operations. UniBo was in charge for the design and development of the Mission Control Centre (MCC), the implementation of the primary ground station for telemetry and telecommand operations, and of the secondary one for the downlink of payloads data. ESEO was launched on December 3rd, 2018. Soon after launch, the activities planned for the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) were forced to be held back due to the lack of success in commanding the spacecraft. After weeks of coordinated efforts among spacecraft operators, spacecraft engineers and ESA technical staff, LEOP activities could be resumed, thanks to the support of the radio amateur community and of ES5PC ground station in Tartu. Since then, new challenges are coming, which need to be faced for ESEO mission to advance further: this paper provides a thorough perspective of the achievements and lessons learnt during these months of operations.

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Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, 2019, pp. 279-283

Source

3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, September 16-18, 2019, Leicester, United Kingdom

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

Pagination

279-283

Publisher

University of Leicester

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978-1-912989-09-6

Copyright date

2020

Available date

15/04/2020

Notes

Symposium organised by: University of Leicester, UK Students for the Exploration & Development of Space, National Space Academy, ESA Education Office

Editors

Nigel Bannister, Áine O’Brien, Alexander Kinnaird

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University of Leicester, UK

Temporal coverage: start date

16/09/2019

Temporal coverage: end date

18/09/2019

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en

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