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Offline jdon759

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Cubesat Docking
« on: 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 https://www.nanosats.eu/sat/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?

Offline Scintillant

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Re: Cubesat Docking
« Reply #1 on: 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 https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/small_spacecraft/cpod_project.html. Based on this, I suspect that 1U docking isn't yet feasible, especially not for a university team.

 

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