What is a CubeSat?
A CubeSat is a 10x10x10 cm cube shaped satellite with a mass of up to 1 kg.
This platform was developed by Stanford University and California polytechnic University San Luis Obispo and has become the de-facto standard in Picosatellites (satellites under 1Kg).
The main goal of the CubeSat Program is to provide a fast and affordable access to space for small payloads.
General features of all CubeSats are:
- Each single CubeSat may not exceed 1 kg mass.
- LEO (Low Earth Orbits).
- Less qualification requirements (use of COTS parts)
- Double and triple configurations are possible: 2 kg (20x10x10 cm3) or 3 kg (30x10x10 cm3)
- Thanks to CubeSat, scientific and technical research teams from a variety of disciplines can access to a space flight mission at low cost and in a short term.
What applications has a CubeSat?
- Life Sciences.
- Physics (Nuclear, Optics & Photonics, Atmospheric,…).
- New concepts in Communications.
- Qualification flight for technology test-beds.
- Advanced propulsion concepts.
- Research projects at low cost.
- Solar cells.