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Nanosatellites and MEMS fabrication by laser microprocessing
Author(s): Henry Helvajian; Peter D. Fuqua; William W. Hansen; Siegfried W. Janson
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Paper Abstract

By definition Nanosatellites are space systems that can weigh 1010 kg and can perform unique missions (e.g. global cloud cover monitoring, store-and-forward communications) acting either in constellation of distributed sensor-nodes or in a many-satellite platoon that flies in formation. The Aerospace Corporation has been exploring the application of microelectronics fabrication and advanced packaging technology to the development of a mass-producible nanosatellite. Particular attention is being directed at M3 (Micromachining/MEMS/Microsystems) technology which appears to be important in the integration and manufacturing of these satellites. Laser direct-write processing techniques are being applied for rapid prototyping and to specific 3D fabrication steps where conventional microelectronics fabrication techniques fall short. In particular, a laser based technique has been developed that combines the rapid prototyping aspects of direct-write and the low cost/process uniformity aspects of batch processing. This technique has been used to develop various fluidic components and a microthruster subsystem in a photostructurable glass/ceramic material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 November 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4088, First International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (6 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405723
Show Author Affiliations
Henry Helvajian, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Peter D. Fuqua, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
William W. Hansen, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Siegfried W. Janson, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4088:
First International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication
Isamu Miyamoto; Koji Sugioka; Thomas W. Sigmon, Editor(s)

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