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Topic: Cubesat Docking (Read 573 times)
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04/24/2021 03:00 am »
How feasible is it for cubesats to dock together?
My University runs an annual competition for students to propose satellite missions (see APSS-1
), and a friend was asking me about his idea. One interesting thing about it is that it involves 1U cubesats being able to dock to each other. Initially, I dismissed that portion of the concept as not feasible, at least not in the volume of a 1U satellite. However, I've been thinking about it since then and I'm not so sure anymore.
I thought I should ask here: what do you think?
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Re: Cubesat Docking
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04/24/2021 06:58 am »
NASA has a mission to demonstrate cubesat docking called CubeSat Proximity Operations Demonstration (CPOD), launching sometime this year. The goal is to dock two 3U cubesats together (they launch as a 6U, separate into 2 3Us and then stationkeep and dock). More info can be found at
. Based on this, I suspect that 1U docking isn't yet feasible, especially not for a university team.
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