Spacecraft Aerodynamics and control



1. Satellite Aerodynamics Division Responsibilities
a. Propulsion Unit
⦁ Development of advanced Propulsion System Design, Liquid Engine Systems. Propellant Systems such as Cryogenic Propellant Systems, Non-cryogenic (Earth-storable) Propellant Systems, Electric Propulsion, fuel combustion system simulation and optimization, Propellant tank and piping analysis

b. Robotics Unit

Conduct research and development in robotics types, classification and its application in Space technology by conducting study on:

⦁ Elements of robots – links, joints, actuators, and sensors
⦁ Kinematics of serial robots, Kinematics of parallel robots
⦁ Velocity and static analysis of robot manipulators

⦁ Dynamics of serial and parallel manipulators
⦁ Motion planning and control
⦁ Modeling and control of flexible robots
⦁ Modeling and analysis of wheeled mobile robots
⦁ Selected advanced topics in robotics
⦁ Development of subsystems of Space robots which include:
⦁ Actuators
⦁ Transmission systems
⦁ Power supplies & power storage system
⦁ Sensors
⦁ Microprocessors & controllers
⦁ Algorithms & soft wares (higher level & lower level)

c.  Rendezvous & Docking
⦁ Undertakes research on Rendezvous & Docking techniques such as:
⦁ Autonomous Rendezvous & Docking with non-full field of view
⦁ Autonomous Rendezvous & Docking using LIDAR and model based vision
⦁ Guidance and control of positions and altitude
⦁ Automation and current trends,

2.  Environmental Control and Life support Division

Undertakes research on general space system such as
⦁ Suborbital
⦁ Orbital – ISS / LEO
⦁ Deep Space
⦁ Analog Environments, Radiation and other environmental effect
⦁ Gene Lab
⦁ Terrestrial applications and translational research
⦁ human space exploration /Commercial Space opportunities
⦁ Systems biology of eukaryotes such as Humans and other mammals, Plants, Invertebrates
⦁ Physiology and metabolism
⦁ Microbial systems and ecologies
⦁ Other areas include Fundamental Physics, Combustion, Fluids and Materials

3. . Satellite Control Division


⦁ Conduct research and development into Attitude Control Algorithms and ACS Software for Satellites
⦁ Define requirements for attitude control system SUCH AS magnetorquers,
magnetometer and sun sensors
⦁ Design attitude control algorithms
⦁ Validate attitude control design
⦁ Implement attitude control algorithms
⦁ Design software objects for attitude control system
⦁ Test the implement
⦁ Prepare progress reports

⦁ Conduct research and development in the attitude determination and fault detection for satellites
⦁ Define requirements for attitude determination
⦁ Design attitude determination
⦁ Validate attitude determination
⦁ Define requirements for fault detection
⦁ Design fault detection
⦁ Prepare progress reports

b. Control UNIT

Conduct research and development in the Design of satellite Sensors and actuators
⦁ Sun sensors
⦁ Star trackers
⦁ Infrared horizon sensors
⦁ Magnetometers
⦁ Gravity gradient boom (GGB)
⦁ Momentum wheels
⦁ Control moment gyroscopes
⦁ Solar and magnetic torquers

c. Instrumentation UNIT
Undertakes research on general instrumentation and control and ensure accurate and adequate measurement and application of all data/apparatus used for a successful satellite design and mission life.