COMPASS at the 2018 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference

COMPASS at the 2018 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Meeting

For the 2018 edition of their summer meeting, held 19-23 August, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chose the Snowbird resort, up in the mountains of Utah. The COMPASS team climbed their way to the summit to deliver four talks on their latest research on satellite dynamical theory, satellite disposal and collision avoidance.

Monday 20 was a busy day for the team. Juan Luis Gonzalo analyzed the collision risks posed by sails used as deorbiting devices in his presentation “Analysis and design of collision avoidance maneuvers for passive de-orbiting missions”. Ioannis Gkolias presented 2 papers, exploring “An ecliptic perspective for analytical satellite theories”, and proposing new approaches for “Disposal design for geosynchronous satellites revisited”.

Last but not least, on Wednesday 22 Narcis Miguel delivered his talk on “Planar orbit and attitude dynamics of an Earth-orbiting Solar Sail under J2 and atmospheric drag effects”.