E3S Web Conf.
Volume 16, 201711th European Space Power Conference
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Power Management & Distribution: Power Systems|
|Published online||23 May 2017|
In-Orbit Trend Analysis of Galileo Satellites for Power Sources Degradation Estimation
1 European Space Agency – European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), The Netherlands
2 OHB System AG, Universitätalle 27, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
3 ADS GmbH, Robert-Koch Str.1, 82024 Taufkirchen, Germany
This paper presents the IOV and FOC Battery in orbit trend analysis and degradation modelling based on the Galileo experience in the frame of the ESPC 2016. Galileo provides a unique opportunity to study a constellation of satellites in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) to make a statistical analysis of power sources degradations due to its environment.
From a project point of view the objective of the study is to establish a process to obtain the in-orbit battery degradations. Accurate battery degradation knowledge will allow precise battery management from operation teams (battery fade strategy and combined Earth Lunar eclipse power estimations). Another key feature of this study is to be able to assess different battery performance (Saft and ABSL) under very similar mission requirements over a long period (electrical profile, temperature, and environment).
This paper reports on the first four years in orbit of IOV PFM satellite (10 eclipse seasons and still running) and on-going FOC satellite telemetry (TM) analysis (starting with two years of data from FOC GSAT201 and GSAT202).
The results are in all cases better than the predictions, which is expected due to the usage of conservatives assumptions in the design to cover (for both IOV and FOC) worst case scenario for the entire constellation. It should be noted that the FOC GSAT201 and GSAT202 batteries are degrading slightly faster than the 6 others FOC batteries identified GSAT203, GSAT204, GSAT205, GSAT206, GSAT208 and GSAT209, but still below predictions due to their peculiar unexpected orbit reached after launch (higher DoD up to 42% measured due to longer eclipses). These 2 satellites will require specific degradation monitoring.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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