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Very-small-satellite design for distributed space missions

Barnhart, DJ, Vladimirova, T and Sweeting, MN (2007) Very-small-satellite design for distributed space missions JOURNAL OF SPACECRAFT AND ROCKETS, 44 (6). pp. 1294-1306.

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A new class of remote sensing and scientific distributed space missions is emerging that requires hundreds to thousands of satellites for simultaneous multipoint 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, subkilogram, 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: a satellite on a chip (SpaceChip) and a satellite on a printed circuit board. Preliminary results indicate that SpaceChip and a satellite on a printed circuit board offer an order of magnitude of cost savings over existing approaches.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Barnhart, DJ
Date : November 2007
DOI : 10.2514/1.28678
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 11:07
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 20:21

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