Advanced Method and Technology for Miniaturized Space Application

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (23 September 2023) | Viewed by 1415

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore City 119077, Singapore
Interests: attitude determination; space solar power; small satellite

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Small satellites have enabled a New Space market for academics and entrepreneurs to participate in satellite system development. They have also motivated academics and industrial experts to develop new technology to miniaturize their payload and space system. The miniaturized subsystem provides the opportunity for industry to deploy satellite constellation at a much lower cost. These miniaturized subsystems include software-defined radio, propulsion systems, satellite bus systems, star sensors, reaction wheels, etc. Some of these miniaturized subsystems’ size and performance are easily scalable, both up or down, based on the mission requirements, also known as a scalable system.

This Special Issue focuses on but is not limited to the development of miniaturized space systems, including high-efficiency power systems, new hardware topology, advance satellite payload, and scalable and modular bus systems.

In addition, contributions on the space system with in-orbit experiments and new ideas for space situation awareness arising from large satellite constellation in New Space applications are of interest. Reviews on space miniaturization technology, history, and their practicability are also welcome.

Dr. Shu Ting Goh
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • small satellite
  • nanosatellite
  • miniaturization space system
  • constellation
  • miniaturization payload
  • new space

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Modular Multifunctional Composite Structure for CubeSat Applications: Embedded Battery Prototype Modal Analysis
by Giorgio Capovilla, Enrico Cestino and Leonardo Reyneri
Aerospace 2023, 10(12), 1009; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace10121009 - 30 Nov 2023
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Current CubeSats usually exhibit a low structural mass efficiency and a low internal volume for their payloads. The present work aims to propose an advanced structural architecture for CubeSats that addresses the issues of low structural mass efficiency and payload volume. The starting [...] Read more.
Current CubeSats usually exhibit a low structural mass efficiency and a low internal volume for their payloads. The present work aims to propose an advanced structural architecture for CubeSats that addresses the issues of low structural mass efficiency and payload volume. The starting concept is the smart tiles architecture for satellites developed for the ARAMIS (an Italian acronym for a highly modular architecture for satellite infrastructures) CubeSat project. By introducing multifunctional structures and lightweight, composite materials in the design of smart tiles, the volumetric and structural mass efficiency of the entire CubeSat are enhanced. The advantages of the chosen approach are preliminarily analyzed in terms of the volumetric efficiency and amplitude of the payload design space. A 1U battery tile design is then selected to investigate the multifunctional structures design aspects in the project of space structures. A battery tile prototype is designed, produced, and tested. The CubeSat volumetric increment and the payload volume gain with respect to the traditional architecture is shown to reach a maximum of 37%. The CubeSat structural mass ratio can be reduced to 16.7%. Full article
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