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Space experiments using small satellites
Author(s): Matthew J. Schor
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Paper Abstract

W.J. Schafer Associates Inc. has conducted an assessment of the capabilities of small satellites to fly material experiments in low earth orbit in order to measure the environmentally induced material degradation. A potential experiment was chosen for the assessment which requires spacecraft pointing in the forward velocity vector (ram direction), a minimum of power, and low data storage. A satellite designed to be launched from a Space Shuttle Get Away Special (GAS) is nominally able to meet these requirements if a simple drag stabilization system is used, if all the available surface area is used for solar panels and if the experiment's power requirement is minimized through the use of passive thermal control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45882
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Matthew J. Schor, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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