Questions tagged [cubesat]

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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What are some objective that CubeSat's can complete/have completed?

I've been seriously considering looking into launching a CubeSat and it seems that the least of my worries would be design constraints. The money is less of an issue than the "why". There's plenty of ...
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CubeSat Design Requirements and Safety Restrictions?

I was reading XKCD, and came across this beautifully designed CubeSat: It is dubbed SafetySat: "During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all ...
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Optimal Thruster Layout For Cubesat

I am working on a simulation of a Cubesat for rendezvous. Using the Clohessy-Wiltshire equations I calculate delta-v. Now that I know the thrust needed for operation, I would like to know how to ...
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Typical time for a cubesat to start up after it is deployed

How long do cubesat take to start up completely after they are deployed? I know the cubesat standard requires 30 minutes after initial separation from the launcher to deploy deployables such as ...
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Data from Cubesat as web API

I’m doing some research for possible cubesat mission and I spent days on the internet and in books trying to find a simple answer to my dumb question. I’m completely new in this field so I’m not sure ...
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How to determine the optimal orbit for a LEO satellite

Our goal is to determine the best orbit that will allow a ground station (so this is a fixed point on earth) to communicate a maximum number of times par day with a LEO satellite. So the question is :...
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What stole the INSPIRE cubesat launch opportunity, and will there be another?

Doing research for this answer about interplanetary cubesats, I watched the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory YouTube channel video CubeSats (live public talk) of a talk by Dr. Andrew Klesh, Chief ...
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How can the two MarCO cubesats remain reliably close to InSight during their six month trip to Mars?

According to the NASA JPL web page Mars Cube One (MarCO) Mission Overview and the YouTube video MarCO: First Interplanetary CubeSat Mission linked there, after the Centaur upper stage deploys InSight, ...
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Raspberry Pis in Space?

I'm aware of the Astro Pi (1, 2, 3, 4) on board the ISS, but have there been any other instances of the RPi in space (Astro or not), for example in cubesats or other spacecraft which contain a ...
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How do Tom & Jerry (CANYVAL-X) measure their alignment with a distance source accurately?

According to the Spaceflight 101 article CANYVAL-X – Tom & Jerry: CANYVAL-X is a two-satellite CubeSat mission aiming to demonstrate a Vision Alignment System that could enable a virtual ...
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Cubesat 6U and 12U maximum weight

What is the maximum weight for 6U and 12U cubesat in kg.? Please, give links/references. In this link it's stated that, 6U is 12kg, 12U is 24kg. But 1U is 1.33 kg, how is it possible?
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How long would a satellite fly on a sun-synchronous 600km orbit?

How long would it take for a 12U cubesat on a circular polar orbit with altitude 600 km to fall down to 500 km? Please, add references/calculations to your answer.
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Reaction Wheels vs. Momentum wheels

I'm getting a bit confused on the difference between reaction wheels and momentum wheels. One of our objectives call for 3 momentum wheels for attitude control, with spin-up, spin-down, and reverse ...
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Would space exploration benefit by sending small drones instead of huge rockets?

For e.g. if we want a telescope in space, can't we assemble it in space? Send the constituent assembly parts up there (unmanned). Have the individual units, assemble (unmanned) to constitute the ...
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Can I use Arduino for a cubesat? [duplicate]

we are building a cubesat and we have considered using an arduino as the computer. However I'm not sure if that is smart. I mean will the arduino get damaged in some sort? Is arduino suitable to do ...
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How does the Satellite Networked Open Ground Station operate? How is it used?

SatNOGS, the Satellite Networked Open Ground Station (mentioned in this answer) appears to be a distribution of independently maintained amateur DIY satellite receiving ground stations, linked by a ...
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Initial attitude determination after deployment

Suppose that I am launching a cubesat into space. Let the cubesat be launched from the P-POD deployer. Since the satellite will have a huge velocity, hence the detumbling mode will be operating. As ...
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Telecommunication CubeSats

Does anyone know of any company that is using CubeSats for telecommunication services or is this a new idea not yet implemented into the commercial arena?
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Initial condition for SGP4 in satellites without GPS, before the uplink of TLE data

I believe that the SGP4 model for orbit estimation for LEO satellites uses TLE data as initial condition. Some CubeSats chose to use up-link TLE data than installing GPS. My question is for the case ...
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Cypress PSOC chips in a Cubesat

The Cypress PSoC line of microcontrollers, especially the PSOC 4 family are very versatile and capable, and seem a natural for use in cubesats. Unfortunately, at least one experiment: http://www.dtic....
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How much do solar cells for space cost? [closed]

There is a lot of discussion about refueling rockets in deep space. This is to be managed by electrolysis of water powered by solar cells. This requires a lot of energy so one needs a lot of solar ...
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Anyone know what happened to the AAReST project?

AAReST was a really neat project by Caltech and University of Surrey (UK) to experiment with a self-assembling space telescope mirror. There are some interesting articles and papers about it circa ...
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Info on NASA's NOS3 software and the rest of the suite used by STF-1

THE STF-1 cubesat project, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a whole suite of simulation software for small satellites. Info here: http://stf1.com/simulation.php And here: https://www.nasa....
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Rapid deployment of cubesat network with Gauss cannons

Lets say I want to create a satellite constellation similar to earth's GPS network around the moon or mars with around 24 4U-6U cubesats as shown in this image: I was wondering is it possible/...
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Determining altitude of a cubesat/nanosat

I've seen cubesat projects talk about the altitude of their satellite. Starting orbit is, presumably, known based on deployment conditions. But how does one track the altitude once it's been in ...
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Will the Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft's solar panels be articulated during each orbit?

The NYTimes article Review: ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy,’ a Portrait of a Fighter for Facts includes a link to the film's trailer on YouTube and a photo of Bill Nye with a model of a 3U cubesat attached to ...
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What are the orbital mechanical consideration behind hand-launched nanosatellites from the ISS?

The NASA Spaceflight article Extended Russian EVA complete – conducts satellite deployments says: The first order of the day was for Ryazanskiy to head into the manual deployment of five ...
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Placement of Reaction Wheels in a nano satellite

The reaction wheels rotate the satellite only about the centre of mass.If the reaction wheels are not placed about the principal axes,Will the amount of torque produced be the same as when they are ...
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Are there any CubeSats that have been launched into Geostationary (GEO/GSO) or Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO)?

There is one mission by GSFC/NASA - Shields-1 to be launched into GTO. Apart from that I couldn't find any other mission to GTO/GEO. It would be of great help if there is any information on this.
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What are the absolute maximum dimensions of a proper 6U cubesat? Does ASTERIA comply?

At one point there were formal specifications for cubesat dimensions. I know it's a bit larger than precisely $10m \times 10n \times 10$ centimeters, where $m=1, 2$ and $n=1, 2, 3$ but I am not sure ...
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Flying Laptop? 2017-042G; 42831

The recent July 14, 2017 launch of KANOPUS-V-IK also brought along many other payloads, including some smaller satellites and a bunch of cubesats, and deployed them at different altitudes between ...
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Will JAXA try again to launch TRICOM-1 with the “world's smallest orbital rocket” SS-520-4 again?

From the Spaceflight 101 article Experimental Launch of World’s Smallest Orbital Space Rocket ends in Failure: SS-520-4 lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture at 8:...
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Is the utility PREDICT good enough for operational orbital prediction?

I'm looking for a cheap and cheerful, but ultimately working utility or library for tracking a cubesat and predicting link windows. I've been looking at using Orekit. I'm a student, so a lot of its ...
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Mayak, a magnitude -10 (minus ten) satellite; how is the large, delicate reflector expanded?

The July 14, 2017 NASA Spaceflight article Soyuz 2-1A launches with Kanopus-V-IK and over 70 satellites says: Mayak is a three-unit CubeSat which was built by Tvoii Sektor Kosmosa – or “Your Sector ...
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How are remove before flight pin mechanisms realized in satellites?

According to the cubesat design specification electrical requirements (3.3.7 in revision 13) a Cubesat shall include an RBF pin: 3.3.7 The CubeSat shall include an RBF pin. 3.3.7.1 The RBF pin shall ...
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For a cubesat mission piggybacking on a Red Dragon, what are the tradeoffs for launch early and late in the launch window?

SpaceX will be launching two Red Dragons in 2020, one at the beginning of the launch window (July) and one at the end (September). For a CubeSat mission that would have to piggyback on one of the two ...
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Number of Access Ports

I am currently developing a 3U CubeSat and following the Design specifications Rev. 13. there are 3 access ports. Must I provide 3 access ports or 1 access port in one of the locations defined by the ...
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Could a cubesat in a 500km SSO orbit effectively monitor earth?

If you were looking for, say, a 1m per pixel quality, what focal length/sensor size would you need? Would there be any off the shelf/commercial solutions?
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What are relevant missions for CubeSats? [closed]

My high school is planning to launch a CubeSat to the ISS, but we need a mission. A majority of students involved are interested in the engineering aspect of constructing it, and we don't know what it ...
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How do I calculate pointing and stability requirements for a platform (Cubesat, UAV) if we know sensor details (IFOV, Integration Time etc)?

My project involves developing a multi-mission modular satellite bus. I have couple of payloads under consideration and have the necessary sensor details. Based on that I am trying to figure the ...
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Are there any new breakthrough propulsion systems for nanosatellites?

In terms of either thrust or delta v, what is the next big thing?
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On determining nominal speed of reaction wheel

As part of a project, I am designing a reaction wheel system for a nano-satellite. I am now researching on how to determine the nominal speed of the reaction wheel. I have characterized the deadzone ...
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Are 1U cubesats sufficiently detectable to get at least minimally usefully predictive public TLEs, updated regularly?

Satellite radar cross-sections is a complex function of satellite structure, design, materials, instantaneous attitude, (radar) frequency, polarization, and if has moving parts, configuration, just to ...
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Why would the future Nanoracks airlock be built so that it must be removed from the ISS to deploy cubesats?

I am sure there are a number of safety and engineering considerations, as well as future integration and flexibility to consider, but I can't think of any so far. When I think of an airlock, I think ...
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Cubesat Launch Costs

What are tentative launch costs for 1U/3U cubesat on popular launchers? I checked up ISRO, SpaceX and others. Only RocketLab provides exact cost for cubesat as a piggy-back launch: \$77k / \$240k for ...
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Why is the cubesat structure so expensive?

The 1U cubesat structure is a 10*10*10 cm metal cube with frames. But it costs around 2000-3000€, which is really expensive. I've found it for example on these sites: https://www.isispace.nl/product/...
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How well could the tether tension method of attitude control actually ultimately work for a cubesat system?

The phys.org new item Image: Small satellite deployed from the Space Station shows the cubesat craft Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite (STARS-C) being deployed from the ISS. A satellite ...
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CubeSat Orbit Determination

I'm thinking about the feasibility of making a CubeSat to test the EM drive thruster. Assuming the microwave electronics and resonant cavity could be scaled down to CubeSat size (5 watts, let's say), ...
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How are remove before flight (RBF) pins made?

The CubeSat standard (CubeSat Design Specification Revision 13) requires that CubeSats have a remove before flight (RBF) pin that "shall cut all power to the satellite once it is inserted into the ...
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Detection of micrometeoroid impacts on the lunar surface using thermal imaging?

For a student project we are looking into the possibility of detecting micrometeoroid (micrometer-size) impacts on the lunar surface with cubesats equipped with a thermal imaging device. We have found ...