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Very-small-satellite design for distributed space missions

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posted on 2012-10-24, 09:06 authored by DJ Barnhart, T Vladimirova, MN Sweeting

A new class of remote sensing and scientific distributed space missions is emerging, which requires hundreds to thousands of satellites for simultaneous multi-point sensing. These missions, stymied by the lack of a low-cost mass-producible sensor node, can become reality by merging the concepts of distributed satellite systems and terrestrial wireless sensor networks. A novel sub-kilogram very small satellite design can potentially enable these missions. Existing technologies are first investigated, such as standardized picosatellites and microengineered aerospace systems. Two new alternatives are then presented that focus on a low-cost approach by leveraging existing commercial mass-production capabilities: satellite-on-a-chip (SpaceChip) and satellite-on-a-printed circuit board (PCBSat). Preliminary results indicate that SpaceChip and PCBSat offer an order of magnitude cost savings over existing approaches.

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This effort is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Material Command, USAF, under grant number FA8655-06-1-3053. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purpose notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon

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Citation

JOURNAL OF SPACECRAFT AND ROCKETS, 2007, 44 (6), pp. 1294-1306 (13)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Engineering

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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JOURNAL OF SPACECRAFT AND ROCKETS

Volume

44

Issue

6

Pagination

1294-1306 (13)

Publisher

AMER INST AERONAUTICS ASTRONAUTICS

issn

0022-4650

Copyright date

2007

Available date

2012-05-23

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https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.28678

Language

English

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