The General Studies Programme works with external partners on a variety of studies which investigate the feasibility of new mission concepts. The results of each study are presented at ESA and can later be viewed online.
OPTICAL COMPRESSIVE SENSING TECHNOLOGIES FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS
Investigating whether compressive sensing technology is a feasible solution for a range of space applications, such as hyperspectral imagers on board spacecraft or optical cameras on rovers.
FEASIBILITY OF ULTRA-LOW THRUST TRANSFERS IN THE SUN-EARTH-MOON SYSTEM
Determining whether saddle points in the Earth-Sun system can be used to perform ultra-low thrust transfers and as such achieve unique orbits in a propellant-saving way. This would result in lower fuel needs and the possibility to extend launch windows for several deep-space missions, for instance L1 missions or asteroid capture/orbit missions.
RELIABLE TT&C DURING SUPERIOR SOLAR CONJUNCTIONS
Proposing and investigating the technical solutions needed to mitigate the effects of plasma scintillation on radio links during superior solar conjunctions.
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