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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #222 on: 08/01/2017 01:00 AM »


https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-proposals-for-advancing-adaptive-space-robotics-3-d-printing-and-other

A second study involves a new generation of CubeSats that take advantage of in-situ resources -- living off the land -- while exploring space. The proposal combines existing CubeSat technology with 3-D printing technology and an in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) water extraction system. The 3-D printing technology enables development of steam thrusters, as well as tanks that fit within the available space within the CubeSat. The ISRU module captures and extracts water, and takes advantage of the heat generated by the CubeSat electronics system, with supplemental power from solar charged batteries.

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #223 on: 08/02/2017 06:25 AM »
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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #224 on: 08/02/2017 04:08 PM »
NASA Set To Launch Shoebox-sized Satellite Studying Earth's Upper Atmosphere

NASA Goddard
Published on Aug 2, 2017

NASA scientists and engineers named their new CubeSat after the mythological Norse god of the dawn. Now, just days from launch, they are confident the shoebox-sized satellite Dellingr will live up to its name and inaugurate a new era for scientists wanting to use small, highly reliable satellites to carry out important, and in some cases, never-before-tried science. Dellingr will study how the ionosphere, a region in Earth’s upper atmosphere, interacts with the Sun. Before launch, Dellingr is required to visit the Magnetic Test Facility at NASA Goddard to test the spacecraft’s magnetometers - key instruments for measuring the direction and strength of the magnetic fields that surround Earth. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch this August aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station where it will be deployed later into a low-Earth orbit.

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This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12602

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #228 on: 09/03/2017 07:48 AM »
Interplanetary cubesat mission proposals

https://icubesat.org/archive/2017-2/icubesat-program-2017/

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #229 on: 09/04/2017 05:22 PM »
Interplanetary cubesat mission proposals

https://icubesat.org/archive/2017-2/icubesat-program-2017/

If you look closely enough, there is a familiar name in there... :)

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #230 on: 10/29/2017 08:27 AM »
Planet are testing new proplusion system on their Doves.

The nano propulsion system is known as Indium Field Emission Electric Propulsion. This propulsion system consists of a 250-gram cylinder of indium, associated heaters, ion generator mechanism, and beam neutralizer mechanism. Thrust is generated by the acceleration of ions via an applied electric field between an emitter crown and extractor electrode. The expected thrust is 350 micro-Newtons (uN), and there is a total of 5000 Newton-second total impulse capability for up to 1415 m/s velocity change for the 5 kg Dove Turbo satellite.

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #231 on: 10/29/2017 05:44 PM »
By the way, Minotaur will be launching another 6 SkySats on October 31st with operational "Green Propulsion" aka ECAPS HPGP or LMP-103s. That is, a fully flight tested substitute for hydrazine monoprop, in commercial use.

Those will join an existing constellation of SkySat-3 through 7, which have accumulated significant on orbit life now.

In December 2016, SkySat-7 experienced a thrusters firing anomaly, which was quickly resolved by a software change.


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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #232 on: 10/30/2017 10:44 PM »
This SpaceNews Article where Arianegroup sounds the alarm bell about the possible Hydrazine ban.
I'm sorry Arianegroup you should just invest some more in thruster development!

The article is contradiction with Bradford ECAPS. And there is also LMP-106, and the USA one. (It's true these have to be pre heated.)
And lets not forget HTP (that was competing with hydrazine form the start).
HTP - hydro carbon could be a replacement for toxic bi-propallent hypergolics. (Or Masten's MXP-351)

This was also a bit stupid in my oppinion: SpaceNews, Arianegroup .. smallsat standardisation....
 ??? The larger segment is already standardized:
Cubesats 0.25-16U    (pocket cubes 1-4 P) [a loaded 12U/16U cubesat deployer ~32.5kg]
Here they have a point: ~30kg (or a 12/16U box); 50kg (or 100lbf/45kg); 75kg ; 100kg (or 90kg/200lbf)
ESPA 15" ring; 180kg (400lbf)
ESPA Grande, 24" ring; 300kg (660lbf)

OneWeb sat's as well as SpaceX sat's will indeed become standard busses.
Let's add this chart I made with a list of small sat buses.
Indeed the NORSAT's were troublesome, but it's strange GLAVCOSMOS/ECM could launch them without trouble.
This post is a bit OT, you may want to move it to more appropriate thread.

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #233 on: 11/06/2017 10:35 PM »
Article about cubesats that don't work and possible common faults.


http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3364/1

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #234 on: 11/15/2017 08:02 AM »
Deep-space CubeSat

M-Argo is designed as ESA’s first CubeSat to enter interplanetary space.

Studied in the Concurrent Design Facility, ESA’s highly networked facility for designing novel missions, the ‘Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer’, or M-Argo, is a nanospacecraft based on the CubeSat design employing standardised 10 cm cubic units within which electronic boards can be stacked and subsystems attached.

M-Argo would be a 12-unit CubeSat – with a 22 x 22 x 34 cm body – that would hitch a ride on the launch of a larger space mission whose trajectory takes it beyond Earth orbit, such as astronomy missions to a Sun–Earth Lagrange point.

The CubeSat would then use its own electric thruster to take it into deep space and rendezvous with an asteroid, which it would survey using a multispectral camera and a laser altimeter. Other miniaturised payloads are also being considered.

ESA’s Advanced Concepts Team has identified a total of 83 near-Earth asteroids suitable for a CubeSat rendezvous. The study prioritised spinning bodies of around 50 m diameter as a never-before explored class of asteroid, although the target list also includes larger bodies of up to 300 m.

“For now, M-Argo is just a concept, but provides us very valuable information about technology developments that we need to put in place for a flight demonstration in the near future,” comments Roger Walker, overseeing ESA’s Technology CubeSats.

“It would cost around a tenth of the smallest deep-space mission to date, democratising space exploration beyond Earth, bringing it into the reach of new actors, in the same way low-Earth orbit has already been opened up by CubeSats.

“Each time we survey a new asteroid, our understanding of these small bodies has been transformed. With such a cost reduction, we could send 10 to 20 CubeSats to scout different asteroids and build up a wide survey of the near-Earth population, getting to know the neighbours better for the purposes of science and identifying potential in-situ resources for future exploitation.”

The next step is to undertake supporting research and development through ESA’s General Support Technology Programme, which is tasked with developing promising technologies for space, and identifying a suitable piggyback launch opportunity.

To become reality, M-Argo would require miniaturised solar electric propulsion, a flat array antenna to boost radio signal gain and an X-band transponder to support communication and ranging to the ground stations back on Earth, as a means of deep-space navigation.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/11/Deep-space_CubeSat

Image credit: ESA-Jacky Huart

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Re: CubeSat and NanoSat Technology
« Reply #235 on: 11/16/2017 02:08 AM »
Three  cubesat technology demo missions that are on Cygnus now.

Laser coms to earth.
Formation flying.
ISARA
"To the best of his knowledge, ISARA will be the first in-space demonstration of a reflectarray antenna as well as that of an integrated antenna and solar array. "

Not clear but I think array is etch to back of solar array. So back needs to face ground station. At 100Mps it is huge improvement over existing cubesat comms and best of all comes almost mass free with solar arrays.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2017/11/15/nasa-cubesat-missions-pushing-boundaries-technology/

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