One cube or more?

Bakhtiari Mojaz, S ; Sharif University of Technology | 2008

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. Publisher: 2008
  3. Abstract:
  4. In the recent years, many universities invest on cubesats to prepare an appropriate environment for their students to get their hands on real experiments including design, fabrication, test, launch, operation and analysis of a real satellite project. Now after 5 years of experimentation, it is time for leaders to define more practical goals beside training students. Orienting the budget that is annually being invested on such satellites in every country to a specific goal could be a driving force in opening a new chapter in the utilization of pico-satellites and the advantages they offer. As these tiny satellites are utilized based on low cost COTS and also are light weight enough to reduce the launch expenses, they may substitute geostationary satellites or even be used for interplanetary missions. This paper will discuss the advantages of cubesat series and the important role they can play in the space roadmap. It also offers some examples of possible usage for them. Some helpful reformations in cubesat concepts are outlined as well
  5. Keywords:
  6. Cubesat ; Driving forces ; Interplanetary mission ; Light weight ; Low costs ; Pico-satellites ; Roadmap ; Satellite projects ; Training students ; Cost reduction ; Interplanetary flight ; Launching ; Technological forecasting ; Geostationary satellites
  7. Source: 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008, Glasgow, 29 September 2008 through 3 October 2008 ; Volume 6 , 2008 , Pages 3792-3797 ; 9781615671601 (ISBN)
  8. URL: https://iafastro.directory/iac/archive/browse/IAC-08/B4/1/2091