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Cubesat 10x10x10cm 1kg Payload, Lets here it then...
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post Jul 26 2007, 03:28 PM
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This caught my attention a few minutes ago and here seemed the best place to post it. Not sure if it counts as a private mission, but apparently nasa supervision will be at arms length at least.


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post Jul 26 2007, 08:13 PM
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Hey, that's a pretty neat idea... smile.gif Can't think of something that might excite a group of students more than building their very own lunar orbiter!

OT here at least tangentally, but just can't resist adding an anecdote that so many here might appreciate. Couple of weeks ago I was in a meeting with my boss & his boss discussing spacecraft transport. I mentioned that the aircraft of choice for us, a heavy lifter, suffers from low enroute reliability. The big boss's response (paraphrased) was "Well, we need to influence the design process early enough so that our satellites are small enough to be carried on commercial planes." He went on & on, and my boss & I courageously bit our tongues almost completely off, patiently explaining that this might be possible in 15 or 20 years but right now contractually requiring major breakthroughs in solid-state physics and a dozen other disciplines might be, uh, kind of expensive & risky & of course vastly prolong development time...

Truly a Dilbert moment, and a prime example of why business majors shouldn't be involved even peripherally with engineering...well, at least not this one, anyhow... rolleyes.gif mad.gif


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post May 2 2008, 02:27 PM
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I'm working on a proposal for a Cubesat mission in which the satellite will be placed on very low Earth orbit. Since orbital decay at low altitude will bring the s/c down in a few weeks -> now I'm in need of a tool that can help me predict the life time of the Cubesat on a particular orbit.

I've been searching on the net but it seems that there isn't so many tool like this available. Does anybody know of such tool or any web page that can help me to calculate the life time of a Cubesat (10x10x10cm, 1kg) on a circular 300x300km orbit?
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post Sep 11 2013, 12:59 PM
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In related news:

Inflatable Antennas Could Send CubeSats Farther
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