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VZLUSAT-1: verification of new materials and technologies for space
Author(s): Vladimir Daniel; Martin Urban; Ondrej Nentvich; Veronika Stehlikova
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Paper Abstract

CubeSats are a good opportunity to test new technologies and materials on orbit. These innovations can be later used for improving of properties and life length of Cubesat or other satellites as well. VZLUSAT-1 is a small satellite from the CubeSat family, which will carry a wide scale of payloads with different purposes. The poster is focused on measuring of degradation and properties measurement of new radiation hardened composite material in orbit due to space environment. Material properties changes can be studied by many methods and in many disciplines. One payload measures mechanical changes in dependence on Young's modulus of elasticity which is got from non-destructive testing by mechanical vibrations. The natural frequencies we get using Fast Fourier Transform. The material is tested also by several thermometers which measure heat distribution through the composite, as well as reflectivity in dependence on different coatings. The satellite also will measure the material radiation shielding properties. There are PIN diodes which measure the relative shielding efficiency of composite and how it will change in time in space environment. Last one of material space testing is measurement of outgassing from tested composite material. It could be very dangerous for other parts of satellite, like detectors, when anything was outgassing, for example water steam. There are several humidity sensors which are sensitive to steam and other gases and measures temperatures as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing, 99780N (19 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2244035
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir Daniel, Aerospace Research and Test Establishment (Czech Republic)
Martin Urban, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Ondrej Nentvich, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Veronika Stehlikova, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9978:
CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing
Thomas S. Pagano, Editor(s)

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