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Modular architecture for nanosatellites
Author(s): Amish Parashar; Todd E. Kerner; Augustus S. Moore
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Paper Abstract

Miniaturization and reduction of design and production costs of electronics is at the forefront of today's technological efforts. Ground based applications have been the forerunner of this trend. It is proposed that a space analog be created. A modular architectural approach to the construction of an extremely small satellite may provide a standard for future space-based research, educational, and communication platforms. Dartsat is to meet such specifications while providing the footing for ongoing research ons pace operations at Dartmouth College. The first iteration of Dartsat is to serve as a model for future missions. Dartsat has dimensions of ten centimeters cubed; the maximum allowable mass is one kilogram. Of this volume, roughly 75 cm3 is occupied by mechanical superstructure. The remainder of the volume, approximately 925 cm3, is divided into modular bays. The control, power, and radio communication (CPR) of the satellite occupies one of these bays. The other bays are to be outfitted with standardized interfaces allowing the snap-in of interchangable, independently engineered payloads. The unique design of Dartsat is to provide a benchmark for future space flight orbital operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4136, Small Payloads in Space, (7 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406648
Show Author Affiliations
Amish Parashar, Dartmouth College (United States)
Todd E. Kerner, Dartmouth College (United States)
Augustus S. Moore, Dartmouth College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4136:
Small Payloads in Space
Brian J. Horais; Robert J. Twiggs, Editor(s)

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