CubeSats in the Press

Clockwise from lower left, GAS team coordinator James Gardiner displays a model of a USU-designed cube satellite with inflatable boom to team members Trevor Kunz KF7YZY, Jorden Luke KF7YEM, Jeremiah Christensen, Micah Fry and Troy Munro KE7URC

Clockwise from lower left, GAS team coordinator James Gardiner displays a model of a USU-designed cube satellite with inflatable boom to team members Trevor Kunz KF7YZY, Jorden Luke KF7YEM, Jeremiah Christensen, Micah Fry and Troy Munro KE7URC

The Sky and Telescope magazine and the Standard-Examiner both carry articles about CubeSats .

The Standard-Examiner reports Utah State University (USU) is conducting research on an inflatable plastic boom that can unfurl once the satellite, about 10 cm square, is deployed. The boom is impregnated with an epoxy that becomes rigid only after being exposed to ultraviolet rays, like those in sunlight.

The rigid boom hangs downward, because of gravity, which creates torque. USU student researchers believe it will stabilize a cube satellite, so it can take clear pictures and host certain types of experiments that can’t be conducted on a spinning satellite.

The newspaper also interviews USU’s Get Away Special (GAS) team member Jorden Luke KF7YEM.

Read the article USU team works on CubeSat control
http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/09/10/usu-team-works-cubesat-control

STARE Concept of Operations - Image credit Naval Postgraduate School

STARE Concept of Operations – Image credit Naval Postgraduate School

Sky and Telescope features the STARE (Space-Based Telescope for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris) CubeSat project which aims to launch a constellation of 18 orbiting observatories to monitor the entire sky for space junk.

STARE A (Re) was launched on September 13, 2012 and STARE B (Horus) hopes to launch in November 2013. The downlink for the STARE CubeSats is 57.6 kbps BPSK in the 902-928 MHz band.

Read the article CubeSats on Space Patrol
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/CubeSats-on-Space-Patrol-223023011.html

STARE CubeSat Comunications Testing, Simulation and Analysis
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a567695.pdf

Naval Postgraduate School: 915 MHz 57.6 kbps modem http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a556715.pdf