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T0133-P

Payload Separation Performance of a New 6U CubeSat Canisterized Satellite Dispenser

PI: Hans-Peter Dumm, Air Force Research Laboratory - Kirtland

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and Planetary Systems Corporation intend to verify the payload separation performance of new 3U and 6U CubeSat canisters aboard a parabolic aircraft. The experiment is designed to measure the separation velocity and tip-off rates of various mock spacecraft as they are ejected from the new 3U- and 6U-sized Canisterized Satellite Dispensers (CSD). Accelerations and rotations will be measured aboard the mock spacecraft as it is observed from the exterior with high-speed video. The data will be used to verify spacecraft separation models and ensure proper operation of the CSD in microgravity. The results will provide risk reduction for an upcoming Operationally Responsive Space mission that will bring the technology to TRL 9.

Paper 'CANISTERIZED SATELLITE DISPENSER (CSD) AS A STANDARD FOR INTEGRATING AND DISPENSING HOSTED PAYLOADS ON LARGE SPACECRAFT AND LAUNCH VEHICLES' at 30th Space Symposium 2014.

SBIR award Phase I (2010-2011)
SBIR award Phase II (2011-2015)

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies
  • TA03 Space Power & energy Storage
  • TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • TA11 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing
  • TA12 Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing
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Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    AFO8 (April 2014)
  • Program Status
    Active
  • Current TRL (?)
    TRL 4
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 1 Parabolic

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