International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
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Acceptance rate33%
Submission to final decision102 days
Acceptance to publication38 days
CiteScore1.800
Impact Factor1.230

The Relative Perturbation Analysis of Satellite Formation under the Requirement of Relative Position Maintenance with Millimeter-Level Accuracy

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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering serves the international aerospace engineering community through the dissemination of scientific knowledge on practical engineering and design methodologies pertaining to aircraft and space vehicles.

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Chief Editor, Professor Zhao, is based at the University of Canterbury and his research interests include applying theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches to study combustion instability, thermoacoustics and aerodynamics.

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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
 Journal metrics
Acceptance rate33%
Submission to final decision102 days
Acceptance to publication38 days
CiteScore1.800
Impact Factor1.230
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