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The use of a cubesat to validate technological bricks in space
Author(s): E. Rakotonimbahy; S. Vives; K. Dohlen; G. Savini; V. Iafolla

Paper Abstract

In the framework of the FP7 program FISICA (Far Infrared Space Interferometer Critical Assessment), we are developing a cubesat platform which will be used for the validation in space of two technological bricks relevant for FIRI.

The first brick is a high-precision accelerometer which could be used in a future space mission as fundamental element for the dynamic control loop of the interferometer.

The second brick is a miniaturized version of an imaging multi-aperture telescope. Ultimately, such an instrument could be composed of numerous space-born mirror segments flying in precise formation on baselines of hundreds or thousands of meters, providing high-resolution glimpses of distant worlds. We are proposing to build a very first space-born demonstrator of such an instrument which will fit into the limited resources of one cubesat.

In this paper, we will describe the detailed design of the cubesat hosting the two payloads.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10563, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014, 105633F (17 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2304223
Show Author Affiliations
E. Rakotonimbahy, CNRS, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
S. Vives, CNRS, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
K. Dohlen, CNRS, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
G. Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
V. Iafolla, Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, INAF, National Institute of Astrophysics (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10563:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014
Zoran Sodnik; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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