Low-cost space qualification testing of potential microsatellite technologies - 2007

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Authors
  1. Bonin, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Carleton Univ, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Abstract
This report provides a top-level survey of existing and emerging small satellite capabilities in Canada, as well as points of interest in Canada and elsewhere, and highlights an initial investigation of radiation effects on enabling technologies for future missions. An overview of forthcoming small satellite missions is provided, and promising technologies being developed in Canada for future missions are surveyed. Several points of interest are highlighted in the context of evolving Canadian space needs. These discussions are prefaced by an overview of the so-called “microspace philosophy” by which many small spacecraft are designed and built, in which a series of enabling economic mechanisms are identified. The issue of launch cost as a prime mover of spacecraft complexity is also highlighted, and the present state of small satellite launchers available to Canada is discussed. This review, though not exhaustive, is intended to highlight some of the key missions and technologies of interest to evolving Canadian space needs.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2008-337 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2008
Number of Pages
80
DSTKIM No
CA032202
CANDIS No
531340
Format(s):
CD ROM

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