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CUBESAT technology and applications, ISBN-13 978-2-87516-044-7, VKI LS 2013-01

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A CubeSat is a fully functional small satellite of cubical shape. It comes in three sizes: a 1U (or single) CubeSat is 10x10x10 cm3 in size and weighs 1 kg, a 2U (or double) CubeSat is 10x10x20 cm3 in size and weighs 2 kg, and a 3U (or triple) CubeSat is 10x10x30 cm3 in size and weighs 3 kg. Even a 1U CubeSat can carry a miniaturised science sensor or a camera for Earth observations or a technological experiment in addition to all the standard subsystems required for a satellite. The CubeSat standard was proposed in 1999 by Stanford University and Cal Poly. The first six CubeSats were launched in 2003. Since then, about 250 CubeSats have been launched or are under development or in various planning stages. Most CubeSats are developed and operated by students for educational purposes under the guidance of an experienced tutor. Industry is increasingly making use of these low-cost satellites to test new technologies in space.

During launch, the CubeSats are accommodated in standardised containers from which they are deployed once they are in orbit. Nowadays, space-qualified CubeSat structures and all subsystems can be purchased from specialised small companies. Alternatively, all or some subsystems can be built by students, which is less expensive and maximises the educational benefit but requires more expertise and time. The lectures on ‘CubeSat Technology and Applications’ will address all fields of CubeSat design and development, environmental testing, launch, operations, legal aspects, the potential of CubeSat networks and will provide an overview of scientific and technological experiments.

The lectures present an ideal preparation for the worldwide CubeSat teams to learn the essentials of CubeSat technology and a good opportunity for meeting researchers from other CubeSat teams.

VKI is the lead institute of a Consortium of 15 European, American and Asian institutes that is now in the process of realising the first ever CubeSat network in orbit. This is the QB50 Project which involves 40 double CubeSats carrying sensors for in-situ measurements in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere and the F layer of the ionosphere and 10 double and triple CubeSats for demonstration of newly developed science instruments and innovative technologies.

  • REINHARD, R. – von Karman Institute, Belgium
    Cubesat networks and constellations
  • KATARIA, D. – University College London, United Kingdom
    Science sensors/instruments for in-situ measurements
  • DE KEYSER, J.; PIEROUX, D.; CARDOEN, P. – Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Belgium
    Science sensors/instruments for remote-sensing observations
  • CLARK, C. – CEO/CTO Clyde Space Ltd, United Kingdom
    CubeSat electrical power subsystems
  • VISAGIE, L. & LAPPAS, V. – University of Surrey, United Kingdom
    Attitude Determination and Control for CubeSats
  • SHIRVILLE, G. – AMSAT-UK, United Kingdom
    CubeSat telecommunication, ground stations and ground station networks
  • ZANDBERGEN, B. – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Micropropulsion subsystems for CubeSats
  • DOORNBOS, E. – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Orbital dynamics and lifetimes of Cubesats in orbit
  • GILL, E. - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Formation flying: theory, system, application
  • BONNEMA, A. & ROTTEVEEL, J. – ISIS, Innovative Solutions in Space
    Launch vehicles suitable for launching CubeSats
  • ASLAN, A.R. – Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
    Cubesat deployers and deployment systems
  • ASLAN, A.R. – Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
    Environmental testing requirements and facilities
  • CLARK, C. – CEO/CTO Clyde Space Ltd, United Kingdom
    Technology demonstration on CubeSats I
  • THEODOROU, T.; STOHLMAN, O. ; VIQUERAT, A. ; LAPPAS, V. – University of Surrey, United Kingdom
    Technology Demonstration on CubeSats II
  • BRIDGES, C.P. & LAPPAS, V. – University of Surrey, United Kingdom
    Future technologies on Cubesats
  • MASSON-ZWAAN, T. – University of Leiden, The Netherlands
    Cubesat regulation in Europe

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