37th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, CO
This paper focuses on two important types of space missions: inspection LEO/GEO high-value assets to detect and/or resolve anomalies, and LEO/GEO debris disposal missions to reduce space hazards. To demonstrate the efficiency of using reusable SmallSats, two mission architectures are analyzed: 1) a SmallSat Carrier-based system with an in-space refueling capability, and 2) a traditional Carrier-less SmallSat. For each architecture the number of potential SmallSat satellite inspection and debris disposal mission sorties is determined as a function of the initial launch mass.
Geller, David K.; Crocket, Derick; Christensen, Randy; and Shelley, Adam, "Advantages of Small Satellite Carrier Concepts for LEO/GEO Inspection and Debris Removal Missions" (2014). Space Dynamics Lab Publications. Paper 51.