Quantification of the responsiveness of on-orbit servicing infrastructure for modularized earth-orbiting platforms

Tristan Sarton Du Jonchay, Koki Ho

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Abstract

This paper aims to quantify the responsiveness of two on-orbit servicing infrastructures providing services to multiple serviceable platforms in medium Earth orbit (MEO) and geostationary orbit (GEO). The platforms to be serviced are assumed to be made of elementary units (EUs). EUs are small standardized structural units capable of aggregating with each other and gathering the key functions of a typical satellite within the size of a 6U cubesat. The first servicing infrastructure considered in this paper, called “Without Depot” (WoD), includes a launch vehicle and a robotic servicer. The second servicing infrastructure, called “With Depot” (WD) includes a launch vehicle, a robotic servicer and an orbital depot of EUs. The responsiveness of these infrastructures is quantified using a queueing theory-based stochastic simulation in Simulink taking into account the launch and platform random failures. The metrics used to quantify the responsiveness are the service completion rate and the average waiting time before a failed EU on the client platform is replaced over a 10-year period of operation. With respect to those metrics, it is demonstrated that WD is more responsive than WoD. However, WD is also shown to be likely to cost more than WoD. Finally, the sensitivity of the responsiveness of WD to the capacity of the orbital depot is analyzed to find the capacity level of the orbital depot, beyond which the responsiveness of WD is not significantly improved. This last result could be of interest for space designers dealing with the sizing of on-orbit servicing infrastructures. We believe that the project introduced in this paper will be a critical milestone in the design of a responsive integrated space infrastructure dedicated to the development and prosperity of a new GEO/MEO economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2016
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624104275
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2016 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2016Sep 16 2016

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NameAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2016

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OtherAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period9/13/169/16/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Du Jonchay, T. S., & Ho, K. (2016). Quantification of the responsiveness of on-orbit servicing infrastructure for modularized earth-orbiting platforms. In AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2016 (AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2016). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.