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Lessons learned of a systematic approach for the e-st@r-II CubeSat environmental test campaign

Tipo di pubblicazione: Articolo in atti di convegno
Tipologia MIUR: Contributo in Atti di Convegno (Proceeding) > Contributo in atti di convegno
Titolo: Lessons learned of a systematic approach for the e-st@r-II CubeSat environmental test campaign
Autori: Obiols Rabasa, Gerard; Corpino, Sabrina; Mozzillo, Raffaele; Stesina, Fabrizio
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Editore: International Astronautical Federation
ISSN: 1995-6258
Titolo del convegno: 66th IAC International Astronautical Congress
Luogo dell'evento: Jerusalem (Israel)
Data dell'evento: 12-16 October 2015
Luogo di pubblicazione: Paris
Abstract: CubeSat-standard satellites have become more and more popular during last years. Education objectives, mainly pursued in the first CubeSat projects, have given way to the design of missions with other-than-education objectives, like Earth observation and technology demonstration. These new objectives require the development of appropriate technology. Moreover, is necessary to ensure a certain level of reliability, because education-driven mission often failed. In 2013 the ESA Education Office launched the Fly Your Satellite! Initiative devoted to provide six university teams with the support of ESA specialists for the verification phase of their CubeSats. Within this framework, the CubeSat Team at Politecnico di Torino developed the e-st@r-II CubeSat. E-st@r-II is a 1U satellite with educational and technology demonstration objectives: to give hands-on experience to university students; to demonstrate the capability of autonomous attitude determination and control, through the design, development and test in orbit of an A-ADCS; and to test in orbit COTS technology and in-house developed hardware and software (as UHF communication subsystem and software for on-board and data handling subsystem). The paper describes the application of a systematic approach to the definition, planning and execution of environmental test campaign of e- st@r-II CubeSat and the gathered lessons learned. The approach is based on procedures designed and assessed for the vibrations and thermal-vacuum cycling tests of a CubeSat accordingly to ECSS rules and with the support of ESA specialists. Concretely, ECSS application, tailored to fit a CubeSat project, allowed to define a test plan oriented to reduce verification duration and cost, which lead to a lean verification execution. Moreover, the interaction with ESA thermal and mechanical experts represented a valuable aid to increase the Team know-how and to improve and optimise the verification plan and its execution. The planning encompasses the analysis of the requirements to be verified that have been gathered in such a way that the tests duration has been reduced. The required tests, like thermal- vacuum cycling and bake-out tests, have been combined in order to speed-up the verification campaign. The tests outputs shown that the satellite is able to withstand launch and space environment. Furthermore, satellite expected functionalities have been tested and verified when the CubeSat is subjected to space environment, in terms of temperature and vacuum conditions. In conclusion, it has been successfully demonstrated that the proposed approach allows executing a lean CubeSat verification campaign against environmental requirements following a systematic approach based on ECSS.
Data: 2015
Status: Pubblicato
Lingua della pubblicazione: Inglese
Parole chiave: space environment, orbit environment, mechanical test, random vibrations, sine vibrations, bake-out, quasi-static loads, launch environment, cubesat, verification and testing, environmental test campaign, thermal-vacuum test
Dipartimenti (originale): DIMEAS - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale
Dipartimenti: DIMEAS - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale
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    Area disciplinare: Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > IMPIANTI E SISTEMI AEROSPAZIALI
    Data di deposito: 24 Nov 2015 12:45
    Data ultima modifica (IRIS): 28 Nov 2017 13:55:20
    Data inserimento (PORTO): 30 Nov 2017 21:33
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