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Offline TrevorMonty

Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« on: 06/12/2015 09:31 PM »
Thought it was about time they had dedicated mission thread.

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Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #2 on: 06/12/2015 09:52 PM »
This is summary of Evolvable Mars Campaign (EMC ). Lots of good stuff in here, bit that relates to this thread are 2 cubesat missions (page 32) to moon that will fly on EM-1 in 2018.


http://spirit.as.utexas.edu/~fiso/telecon/Craig_6-10-15/
6U Lunar IceCube
Prospect for water in ice, liquid, and
vapor forms and other lunar volatiles
from a low-perigee, highly inclined lunar
orbit using a compact IR spectrometer
 
Skyfire 6U CubeSat
GEO Technology Demo
Will perform lunar flyby, collecting
spectroscopy and thermography
address both Moon and Mars SKGs for
surface characterization, remote
sensing, and site selection.




Offline nadreck

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #3 on: 06/12/2015 10:13 PM »
Two cubesats going to Mars.

http://spacenews.com/in-nasa-first-cubesats-headed-to-mars-with-insight-lander/

Hmm, my google foo is failing me, from the data I saw on that link these seem to be flyby's  (cold gas thrusters, no provision for aerocapture) but I could find much else about them and their architecture.

@TM or anyone else have you got any more resources about the MarsCOs?
It is all well and good to quote those things that made it past your confirmation bias that other people wrote, but this is a discussion board damnit! Let us know what you think! And why!

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #4 on: 06/17/2015 11:27 PM »
Ion thruster developed for cubesats looking to expanded into smallsat markets. This is just one of a few technologies that were developed for cubesat that end up finding there way into larger satellites.

http://spacenews.com/smallsat-propulsion-company-wins-defense-department-contract/

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #5 on: 06/18/2015 03:40 AM »
Not a mission just a market prediction. Bolds well for all the small LVs currently in development and companies making cubesat components.

deltaV (@deltavspacehub) tweeted at 1:24 PM on Thu, Jun 18, 2015:
Now @ACSERUNSW Prof Andrew Dempster price/performance equation of CubeSats #disruption #sadig #space2.0 http://t.co/8PQunJ5NUL
(https://twitter.com/deltavspacehub/status/611343607530807296)

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #6 on: 06/24/2015 06:11 PM »
These 6u cubesats use GPS to monitor weather.

http://spacenews.com/planetiq-selects-blue-canyon-technologies-for-smallsat-constellation/

. The company has been separately developing its GPS radio occultation sensor, called Pyxis, that measures signals from GPS and other navigation satellites as those signals pass through the atmosphere. Those measurements provide soundings of the atmosphere that can be fed into weather forecasting models. - See more at: http://spacenews.com/planetiq-selects-blue-canyon-technologies-for-smallsat-constellation/#sthash.9kK06cOp.dpuf

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #7 on: 07/07/2015 01:32 AM »
Nanosat space tug. Couldn't find any information this but looks like they plan to use it to deorbit dead cubesat/ nanosats.

http://www.dunveganspace.com/

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #8 on: 07/07/2015 07:53 PM »
Smallsat insurance. Not as exciting as innovative technology, but very important to the success of cubesat and smallsat industry.
Having insurance should make funding these new startup businesses a little easier.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/07/07/companies-offer-insurance-smallsats/#more-55728

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #9 on: 08/28/2015 04:59 AM »
Another cubesat lunar mission to map Hydrogen. Flying on SLS EM1.


http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/08/27/asu-cubesat-explore-moon/#more-56243

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #10 on: 10/06/2015 07:48 PM »

NASA Bfgs on Upcoming CubeSat Launches, Oct 2015, VAFB

07-Oct-2015 through 07-Oct-2015

NASA will hold two pre-launch briefings on October 7, 2015 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA on an upcoming launch that includes the launch of 13 cubesats, four of which are sponsored by NASA and nine that are sponsored by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  One of the NRO-sponsored cubesats was developed with NASA funding according to the NASA press release.

http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/events/nasa-bfgs-on-upcoming-cubesat-launches-oct-2015-vafb

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #11 on: 10/23/2015 05:16 PM »
Smallsat website.
I didn't know this existed till now.

http://smallsatdaily.com/?edition_id=7a689f10-78c7-11e5-bdb0-0cc47a0d1605

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #12 on: 10/27/2015 02:41 AM »
Cubesats to complex and expensive for your needs, how about a ThumbSat.


http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/tiny-thumbsats-aim-to-bring-space-to-all-151026.htm

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #13 on: 11/04/2015 07:19 PM »
UK ukube1 cubesat (3U) completes 14month mission.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/11/04/ukube1-completes-mission/

Offline TrevorMonty

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Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #15 on: 11/21/2015 09:09 PM »
Firesat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775


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Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #16 on: 11/21/2015 10:33 PM »
Firesat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775

The linked article says the following:

"We'll complete sensor integration and testing in batches and deliver them on a regular pace to the host spacecraft series starting in 2017," said Rex Ridenoure, CEO of Ecliptic.

So ... it sounds to me like it's a sensor package that would be a hosted payload on a large satellite constellation, rather than a cubesat constellation (unless the hosts are larger cubesats).  It might be interesting to speculate on what satellite constellation with 200+ satellites they have in mind.

There is a Kickstarter for it that explains more, but it looks like that has a very long way to go.  The satellite constellation got some media attention yesterday, but I don't think the Kickstarter campaign has had the sort of media/celebrity onslaught you'd want to have when trying to drum up as much crowdfunding as they're trying to:

"FireSat: Near Real-Time Global Wildfire/Oil Spill Detection     by Quadra Pi R2E"

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1635879554/firesat-near-real-time-global-wildfire-oil-spill-d

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #17 on: 11/22/2015 01:09 AM »
Firesat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775

The linked article says the following:

"We'll complete sensor integration and testing in batches and deliver them on a regular pace to the host spacecraft series starting in 2017," said Rex Ridenoure, CEO of Ecliptic.

So ... it sounds to me like it's a sensor package that would be a hosted payload on a large satellite constellation, rather than a cubesat constellation (unless the hosts are larger cubesats).  It might be interesting to speculate on what satellite constellation with 200+ satellites they have in mind.

There is a Kickstarter for it that explains more, but it looks like that has a very long way to go.  The satellite constellation got some media attention yesterday, but I don't think the Kickstarter campaign has had the sort of media/celebrity onslaught you'd want to have when trying to drum up as much crowdfunding as they're trying to:

"FireSat: Near Real-Time Global Wildfire/Oil Spill Detection     by Quadra Pi R2E"

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1635879554/firesat-near-real-time-global-wildfire-oil-spill-d
Hosted payload makes a lot more sense. OneWeb or may be Plantlab.

Offline TrevorMonty

Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #18 on: 11/22/2015 01:39 AM »
Firesat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775
Done little more research on this subject. It costs USA about $1.8B a year to fight forest fires and this cost only expected to increase.

Assuming they are using 3U cubesat and Rocket lab LV the deployment cost for 200 would be $39.2M (8x$4.9M). Of course a bulk buy discount would be expected, say <$35m. Even if it is >$100M all up to develop and deploy this constellation, it could pay for its self in first year.

http://headwaterseconomics.org/wildfire/fire-research-summary

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Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #19 on: 11/22/2015 02:07 AM »
Firesat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775

The linked article says the following:

"We'll complete sensor integration and testing in batches and deliver them on a regular pace to the host spacecraft series starting in 2017," said Rex Ridenoure, CEO of Ecliptic.

So ... it sounds to me like it's a sensor package that would be a hosted payload on a large satellite constellation, rather than a cubesat constellation (unless the hosts are larger cubesats).  It might be interesting to speculate on what satellite constellation with 200+ satellites they have in mind.

There is a Kickstarter for it that explains more, but it looks like that has a very long way to go.  The satellite constellation got some media attention yesterday, but I don't think the Kickstarter campaign has had the sort of media/celebrity onslaught you'd want to have when trying to drum up as much crowdfunding as they're trying to:

"FireSat: Near Real-Time Global Wildfire/Oil Spill Detection     by Quadra Pi R2E"

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1635879554/firesat-near-real-time-global-wildfire-oil-spill-d

They are being intentionally opaque with is particularly annoying.

"Dr Arthur Lane FireSat Technincal  Advisor" lets slip a few details
The spectra band is around 4 microns.  Mid-wave Infrared.  The optics look like an MWIR lens.  Probably uncooled microbolometer detectors. 
They want to operate at 1200 km on 200 satellites.  That's OneWeb.
They sound desperate to develop and prove the prototype sensor in time to get hosted aboard OneWeb because, he says, there may be no large constellations ever developed after that. Huh?
They have to get 200 satellites to get 15 minute revisit, but they don't say why 50 satellites with one hour revisit time wouldn't have a significant fraction of the value.

JPL has $1.8B/yr overhead, competed for and won, amoung other programs, two <$5M cubesat programs, and they have to run a kickstarter campaign for $280k to fund an instrument?

"JPL is arguably the only organization in the world with the requisite skill set to develop FireSat."
"Ecliptic is a recognized world leader in space sensor production development."
Oh, please!
It is not surprising that this kickstarter has made trivial progress towards its goal.

I wish I could capture the last few seconds of video.  It shows about a quarter of the OneWeb constellation and the traffic at the poles is scary enough.
« Last Edit: 11/22/2015 04:26 AM by Comga »
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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