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Enhancements of Subsystems and Payloads for Small Satellites

Canales Romero, Martin Juan (2010) Enhancements of Subsystems and Payloads for Small Satellites. In: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.. SpaceOps 2010 Conference, 25.-30. April 2010, Huntsville, Alabama, USA.

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Abstract

In the next future Small satellites can be used as experimental platforms improving their capabilities. It has been demonstrated that nanosatellites or picosatellites using the technology of CubeSats are being developed by different universities around the world. Which missions are possible to execute or which payloads can be installed in a such a satellite platform? Small satellites are conceived as dedicated systems to execute experiments or tests in space. We can compare a small satellite platform with others systems. A Drop Tower will be used to create some seconds (aprox. 10s) of microgravity. With Sounding Rockets the generated microgravity will take some minutes (max 14 min). With a small satellite platform the microgravity condition will result in months or longer! From this point of view small satellites have obviouslly much advantage than a drop tower or a sounding rocket by executing experiments in microgravity. For sure the others systems have also advantages like an intact experimental pay load (Drop Tower), or the recovery of the payload and recorded data in short time just after the flight (Sounding Rocket) but for a small satellite this system functionality can also be developed, so that the payload can be also recovered intact or the data provided to ground as quick as possible. Peruvian engineers are working on a next generation of subsystems and payloads to be implemented in such experimental platforms. They are modelling and improving the capabilities of some, used in sounding rocket systems, importants instruments which can be carried in the proposed small satellite Platform. The instruments must be simplified, reduced in size, adapted and designed to properly perform their functions in the designed platform. All the subsystems will continually be designed for making them more efficient in order to use best possible the limited resources available in the satellite. Depending of the mission a next generation of pico satellites can emerge.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Enhancements of Subsystems and Payloads for Small Satellites
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Canales Romero, Martin Juanmartin.canales@dlr.de
Date:April 2010
Journal or Publication Title:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.
Status:Published
Keywords:small satellites
Event Title:SpaceOps 2010 Conference
Event Location:Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-30. April 2010
Organizer:SpaceOps
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > GSOC-German Space Operations Center
Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Sabine Klaas
Deposited On:13 Jan 2011 11:27
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:13

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