Fuel Consumption Estimation via Bookkeeping Method for Geostationary Satellites: Simple Application

Tarek Badis, Elhassen Benfriha, Jalal Eddine Benmansour


This work focuses on the Satellite Propulsion Subsystem (UPS), a critical aspect of satellite technology that can be supported by various propulsion types: electrical, chemical, cold gas, and nuclear propulsion. For communication satellites, chemical propulsion emerges as the most suitable option due to its simplicity and lower energy requirements. The chemical propulsion subsystem comprises oxidizer and fuel tanks, gas pressuring tanks utilizing helium. Wherein, Thrusters are employed for diverse tasks, encompassing tank sinking, orbital maneuvers (correction), attitude control, and deorbiting. These processes induce propellant consumption from orbit transfer to the deorbiting operation. The satellite's mission life hinges on propellant quantity, emphasizing the need to maintain sufficient reserves for deorbiting at satellite’s end of life. Thus, accurately estimating propellant mass becomes a crucial task. This work delves into propellant mass estimation methods, specifically Bookkeeping (BKP). Moreover, we introduce and test a developed tool based on the Bookkeeping method. This tool proves instrumental in estimating the remaining propellant, offering a valuable resource for satellite mission planning and longevity.


GEO Satellite, propellant estimation, propulsion Subsystem, Book-kepping, thrusters

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