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MEDSAT: a small satellite for malaria early warning and control
Author(s): James J. Slawski; John F. Vesecky; Byron Wood; James Lawless
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the design for a low cost, light satellite used to aid in the control of vector-borne diseases like malaria. The 340 kg satellite contains both a synthetic aperture radar and a visual/infrared multispectral scanner for remotely sensing the region of interest. Most of the design incorporates well established technology, but innovative features indude the Pegasus launch vehicle, low mass and volume SAR and VISfR sensors, integrated design, low power SAR operation, microprocessor power system control, and advanced data compression and storage. This paper describes the main design considerations of the project which include the remote sensing task, implementation for malaria control, launch yehide, orbit, satellite bus, and satellite subsystems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1691, Small Satellite Technologies and Applications II, (10 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138043
Show Author Affiliations
James J. Slawski, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
John F. Vesecky, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Byron Wood, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
James Lawless, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1691:
Small Satellite Technologies and Applications II
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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