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Type of satellite in the shape of a cube 10 cm on each side. Popular with academics and amateurs with a focus on off-the-shelf components.

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Is the Rocket Lab launch scheduled for May 31 only launching a tiny cubesat?

According to Rocket Lab's website, their Electron can launch 300kg to low Earth orbit. But the PREFIRE cubesat, according to NASA is a 6U cubesat with an 'average weight' for 6U cubesats of .91kg. I ...
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Bundle Protocol/Licklider Transmission Protocols needed for TM case in cubesat as per CCSDS standard?

As per CCSDS standard, there is no ARQ mechanism present for Telementry(TM) case. Based on spec it will be taken care by upper layer protocols. So in this case, can we use simple FTP for Cubesat? or ...
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Which affordable magnetometer to purchase?

I am involved in a CubeSat team that will fly a mission in low earth orbit. I will be working on ADCS so would like to gain experience with the magnetometer. I am just not sure which one to buy. Is ...
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What is ascent venting?

I am writing a report on CubeSat construction, and while reading Cal Poly's CDS I encountered the concept of ascent venting (or more specifically, the constraint that 'ascent venting per ventable ...
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how to procure a Launch vehicle for injecting a cubesat into LEO at LOW COST?

Me and my team are working on sending Cubesats just beyond the Karmann line. For which we obviously need a launch vehicle and would like to procure one or if possible build one. If any aerospace ...
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Atomic oxygen and UV Radiation qualification tests for a cubesat

I'm the Assembly, Integration and Verification Engineer of a cubesat project developed by students. Currently I'm trying to create the specifications for our payloads upcoming (mon)atomic oxygen (ATOX)...
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Russell's Teapot - has it been done yet?

Has anyone sent a china teapot into orbit, to "solve" the long standing Russell's Teapot argument? I realize this is a "joke" endevour, but with the advent of easily available ...
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CubeSat dispensers: amplify or dampen vibration loads on spacecraft?

CubeSat world: has anybody run a vibration test where you put accelerometers both on the dispenser (or shaker plate) and your spacecraft inside the dispenser? For the SunCET CubeSat, we're trying to ...
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Selfie from space with AWS Groundstation

I hope this question fits this community! While browsing r/AWS today I read about someone who was able to make a "space selfie" with AWS Groundstation: The progress is detailed further down ...
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How to "turn off" ADCS system to monitor orientation after firing MDT's?

I've been tasked in a hypothetical mission of determining if an Attitude Determination and Control System (ADACS) can be "turned off" during MEMS Digital Thruster (MDT) firings so that the ...
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Where can I find citeable material on radiation shielding solutions utilized on different test missions?

I'm having a hard time finding citeable material on what different radiation shielding solutions different test missions have utilized. So far I've found that: SpectroCube only shields its most ...
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6U , 12U Deployer / Dispenser, helpful criteria we might use for selection?

as a member of a group of students that builds 6U and 12U Cubesats for different projects I am interested in knowing the average cost of a 6U and a 12U deployer. Also, beyond cost, what are some other ...
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What is the effective "range" of a Falcon Heavy rocket with a very small payload?

Theoretically, If I decided to blow millions of dollars on a Falcon Heavy launch, simply to launch a 2kg cubesat as far as possible, how far could i send the payload assuming no gravity assists?
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Local space radiation measurement by 1U CubeSat

As far as I know, the general influx of ionizing radiation received by a CubeSat in LEO is mostly trapped protons and electrons, solar protons, galactic cosmic radiation, and neutrons. If the CubeSat ...
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Moon landing with ion thrusters

In Kerbal space program I built a mini cubesat (similar to NASA’s lunar flashlight probe) and managed to land on the moon only using ion thrusters. However, it was risky because it took a few tries. ...
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What is the longest working cubesat?

For example VZLUSAT-1 is 5 years old and it is still working.
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Are the Artemis 1 secondary payloads still viable?

Artemis 1 carries ten cubesats as secondary payloads. One of the concerns prior to the last rollback, in September, was that the batteries were almost out of charge and that there was no way to ...
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How to compute orbital decay of a cubesat?

I'd like to compute the orbital decay of a cubesat in LEO/VLEO due to atmospheric drag. Here is what I've done: Based on the Satellite Orbital Decay Calculations document coming from the Australian ...
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I'm building a CubeSat for a short 8-day mission in LEO followed by a fairly quick reentry, what range of orbits to consider?

The goal of this CubeSat mission is to demonstrate CubeSat construction, operation, and communication in Low Earth orbit for 8 days or longer. Why the short mission time? Because the mission lacks ...
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Guidance and control inputs in autonomous satellites

I would like to know which are the standard navigation data available on a small satellite (in LEO). In particular, I'm trying to understand which inputs I should consider for the Guidance&Control ...
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A hybrid micropropulsion system for CubeSats

I am curious about how much potential would a hybrid (electric & chemical) micropropulsion system have for CubeSats. The chosen propellant is water due to its non toxic nature, cheap cost and high ...
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Solar sail for a 3U cubesat: do we have to buy one or can we design one?

We are working on a conceptual design for a 3U CubeSat with solar sail propulsion; we aren’t actually building one or buying one. However we still need to make decisions like whether to build our own ...
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CubeSat's ConOps implementation as a FSM with thread management [closed]

Can anyone shed light on this for me: How would you implement a Concept of Operations of a CubeSat as a Finite State Machine that manages each thread's priority? Thank you !
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3U CubeSat components

as a project for school, we are designing a preliminary conceptual 3U CubeSat design. The mission is to launch in orbit at 1,000 km and Maintain orbit for 1 month. After orbit is maintained for 1 ...
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What is the average solar irradiation in low earth orbit?

I am trying to figure out how much power I can expect for a CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit. Is there some dataset or constant that describes the average rate of solar irradiation (per unit of area) in LEO?...
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Has a cubesat ever caused a problem for another spacecraft? Examples? Close calls?

Cubesats can pose some unique challenges; they are small and so potentially a little harder to track, have larger area/mass so more subject to forces that can change their trajectories, are often less ...
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Are LHCP L-Band antennas for Cubesats available?

I am designing a cubesat to carry out GNSS reflectometry or GNSS-R. To collect the earth reflected signals, I need a nadir pointing array of patch antennas, with Left Hand Circular Polarisation (LHCP) ...
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What is a good SNR value for a chipsat in LEO using bpsk?

My team and I are working on a chipsat and we are planning on launching it to LEO, we've also planned using bpsk. However our use case is a bit different, all we need once it is in LEO is a ...
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How does a 22 dBi X-band "patch" antenna get so much gain and how well behaved is its high-gain radiation pattern?

@NgPh's answer to How will the LICIACube cubesat transmit DART impact images back to Earth? What kind of antenna and radio will it use? quotes LICIACube on DART mission: an asteroid impact captured by ...
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How will the LICIACube cubesat transmit DART impact images back to Earth? What kind of antenna and radio will it use?

MarCO The Mars Cube Ones or MarCOs were 6U cubesats that were deployed in deep space during the InSight mission to observe it during a critical, dynamic period of its mission, in this case the N ...
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How well does wood thermally perform in space applications?

Wondering if there are any studies about using wood as a material for insulation in spacecraft? My specific question is does anyone have any experience with it working as an insulator? I remember a ...
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There are only a few suppliers of optical terminals: what is the reason?

I am conducting research into optical free space communication and small/nano satellites in LEO. I have found only a few companies which supply lasercom (laser communication) terminals (transmitter/...
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Number of satellites needed for global 4-fold coverage as a function of altitude?

I want to estimate how many satellites (and how many number of planes) are needed for achieving a 4-fold global coverage on earth (global coverage with at least 4 satellites in view in each location). ...
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Antenna for receivers

I am designing a CubeSat 6U in which I am using Software Defined Radio with SIGINT capability as my payload. The payload has 3 reception ports and 2 transmission ports and hence transceiver or ...
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Why put SunRISE in the graveyard? Why will it "fly slightly above geosynchronous orbit"?

The blots.nasa.gov article NASA’s SunRISE Mission Studying Solar Particle Storms Moves Toward Launch says that the upcoming SunRISE mission — short for the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment — ...
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What is actually happening in this full mission rehearsal of CAPSTONE's propulsion hardware?

NASA Ames's feature CAPSTONE’s CubeSat Prepares for Lunar Flight says CAPSTONE will use a hydrazine-fueled propulsion system during most of its three- to four- month journey to the Moon. This line of ...
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How will NEA Scout control its attitude during deep space flight & keep its camera steady without vibrations or damage to its 85 m² solar sail?

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy's Fly Me to the Moon and Then to a Near-Earth Asteroid describes Near Earth Asteroid Scout (NEA Scout, or just Scout) a 6U cubesat that will be deployed from Artemis ...
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Has Demonstrator-1 2021-006BX demonstrated a hydrogen-oxygen combustion engine fueled by electrolysis yet?

NASA's NASA CubeSat to Demonstrate Water-Fueled Moves in Space says: A NASA CubeSat will launch into low-Earth orbit to demonstrate a new type of propulsion system. Carrying a pint of liquid water as ...
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Cubesat half duplex communication stack

My understanding is that in half duplex transceivers, you are only able to either transmit or receive. In Cubesats using half duplex comms, which part of their communications stack is performing the ...
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Could a satellite use a Miniature Atomic Clock (MAC) to provide GPS services?

I've been investigating GPS satellites and I got curious about onboard atomic clocks. I found this following paper on the concept of a CubeSat GPS constellation using Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks, and ...
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Advantages/disadvantages of wood for surface of cubesat?

Generally aluminum and kapton are the exterior surfaces of a cubesat. A Finnish/ESA cubesat, the WISA/Woodsat was launched that has plywood panels. It has protection against offgassing and very low ...
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Cubesat surface material

In wikipedia I read that the structure of the cubesat are made of aluminum alloys of 7075, 6061, 5005, and 5052. Is this the surface layer of the satellite or it is necessary to cover it with kapton ...
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Has there ever been a deliberate "Find A Satellite" challenge? Actually, could there be?

Companies often offer rewards for finding security issues in their products or their own IT systems, and hackathons have a long history. I'm just wondering if there has ever been a deliberate ...
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Could a single CubeSat provide location services on another celestial body such as Mars? Could a constellation do it?

From my understanding, by having two satellites emit a signal simultaneously (carrying atomic clocks to achieve it), a ground device could measure the difference in times of arrival to determine its ...
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Are there cubesat fan clubs? Does anybody besides their owners pay attention to them, look for or listen for them via radio?

I know the title sounds harsh, but I think it's a valid question. Public outreach and education/inspiration of the next generation has always been a part of spaceflight, and cubesats seemed to be one ...
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When ISS Launches Cubesats, which direction do they usually fire them?

I was listening to Houston We Have A Podcast and they mentioned that spare payload on ISS supply/crew runs frequently get filled with cubesats which get (more elegantly than the word suggests) tossed ...
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How much would it cost to launch a 0.5U Satellite?

I have seen the figures for 1U, 3U and 12U Satellites such as those provided here, but I have been unable to find pricing for the launch of a single 0.5U or 0.25U satellite. I have seen many academic ...
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How do cubesat owners first find out their cubesat's initial trajectory? How do they point antennas at it before official TLEs start to appear?

When cubesats are first deployed it can sometimes take several days before they start appearing in official TLE distributions, and even then if many were deployed it may take a lot more work to decide ...
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Did the MarCo cubesats photograph each other or the Centaur stage from which they were deployed?

The screenshot below is an artists rendering of two MarCo cubesats and a Centaur upper stage moving together in space. I'm wondering if either of the MarCos photographed the other or the upper stage ...
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Regulations for cubesats designed to survive reentry and be retrieved?

I'm currently thinking about the potential of manufacturing certain items (ZBLAN, Semiconductors, Organs, Drugs, etc.) in LEO and I want to know whether it would be possible/legal to design a cubesat ...
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