VISORS: Virtual Super-resolution Optics using Reconfigurable Swarms
Georgia Tech’s SSDL is participating in a multi-university CubeSat formation flying mission to image the sun in unprecedented high resolution, revealing energy release sites in the solar corona that are believe to be the source of coronal heating.
VISORS would be the first distributed space telescope, and as such, it requires many new developments in formation flight technology. Key areas of research include: relative navigation, distributed control, compact propulsion, collision avoidance, and slosh dynamics.
Georgia Tech is serving in multiple roles on this project. As the systems engineering lead, SSDL is coordinating efforts across eleven universities and across each aspect of the satellite’s design. This will culminate in the integration of each spacecraft at SSDL’s Flight Hardware Laboratory. As the propulsion lead, SSDL is developing 3D-printed cold-gas thrusters to ensure tight relative control requirements can be met. And as a key contributor to the control system design, SSDL is evaluating uncertainty characteristics and performing trade studies on system configurations.
This multi-disciplinary project requires knowledge of all aspects of spacecraft design, allowing students to work with others throughout the space industry, gaining expertise and depth.