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Wednesday, February 3 • 15:35 - 15:55
Going Beyond Traditional Rideshare Using an Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle

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As rideshare launches become more commonplace, secondary payloads continue to be challenged by the limited choice of orbits, upper stage restart capability and risk-averse nature of primary payloads to allow for flexibility in the deployment sequence. The result is that a secondary payload’s final orbit is limited by its host and the propulsion capability of the individual spacecraft, particularly so for cubesat class passengers. Many of these challenges can be met through the use of a propulsive rideshare adapter or Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV). In addition, the use of an OMV to act as both a long-term host for payloads, as well as a traditional tug, has enabled novel mission concepts such as hub and spoke architectures for communications and data processing functionality for distributed sensing systems. 

Moog has analyzed, developed and supported numerous missions employing OMV functionality. In this paper a number of case studies are described to illustrate the utility, value and flexibility of the OMV as a mission enabling technology. Cases examined include:

  • Accelerated deployment of a smallsat constellation, which results in the optimal satellite placement (revenue generation) in less than half the time of a traditional (passive) deployment. 
  • A joint operational heliophysics and technology demonstration mission at the Earth-Sun L1 point piggybacking from a rideshare GTO launch opportunity.
  • A scenario to ferry multiple small payloads to Low Lunar Orbit (LLO) from earth orbit.
  • A sun-synchronous deployment tug allowing multiple altitudes/inclinations for multi-manifest missions of up to 25 ESPA-class spacecraft  

The performance of small satellite technology continues to improve at an exponential pace but, if small satellites continue to compromise optimal orbit for general space access, true potential cannot be fulfilled. In each of the scenarios identified, the particular use of an OMV gives rise to a number of shared launch opportunities that would not have previously been considered and improves the overall access to space for rideshare passengers.

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Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi

President, Canadian Space Commerce Association
Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi was part of the first astronaut group selected by the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU). In 1997 he served as a backup payload specialist for the STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia flight. He is a co-founder and Vice President of Space 1 Systems... Read More →

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Christopher Loghry

Space Systems Engineer, Moog Inc
Christopher Loghry is Space Systems Engineer supporing Moog’s Space Sector with background in spacecraft propulsion.He joined Moog in 2012 as part of the AMPAC In-Space Propulsion (ISP) acquisition.  He has supported the ISP business in addition to the larger Space business.  He... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 15:35 - 15:55
Champagne Ballroom 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

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