Advanced CubeSat missions have demanding power requirements relative to their limited available surface area that drive the need for deployable solar arrays. Vendors have not yet mastered producing cost effective, reliable systems that are readily available to the customer. This project intends to build off of Dellingr solar array design advancements by developing, building, and testing a modular hinge solution that can be used to create varying deployable array configurations and package within the allotted CubeSat dispenser volume.
This project will develop a modular solar array hinge design that can be:
The hinge design will be incorporated into a 3U double deployable solar array prototype that will undergo environmental testing such as vibration, thermal cycling, and thermal vacuum deployments to validate the concept. Computer aided design (CAD) will be used to demonstrate how the design can be used in other solar array configurations.More »
This project will both produce a hinge design and provide a methodology for producing CubeSat deployable solar arrays. This can be utilized by future NASA CubeSat missions to produce their own deployable solar arrays. Reuse of the design will yield budget and schedule savings. It will also provide these missions with design flexibility and full transparency into the system details.More »
The purpose of the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program is to support new technology development and to address scientific challenges. Each year, Principal Investigators (PIs) submit IRAD proposals and compete for funding for their development projects. Goddard’s IRAD program supports eight Lines of Business: Astrophysics; Communications and Navigation; Cross-Cutting Technology and Capabilities; Earth Science; Heliophysics; Planetary Science; Science Small Satellites Technology; and Suborbital Platforms and Range Services.
Task progress is evaluated twice a year at the Mid-term IRAD review and the end of the year. When the funding period has ended, the PIs compete again for IRAD funding or seek new sources of development and research funding or agree to external partnerships and collaborations. In some cases, when the development work has reached the appropriate Technology Readiness Level (TRL) level, the product is integrated into an actual NASA mission or used to support other government agencies. The technology may also be licensed out to the industry.
The completion of a project does not necessarily indicate that the development work has stopped. The work could potentially continue in the future as a follow-on IRAD; or used in collaboration or partnership with Academia, Industry and other Government Agencies.
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|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Wallops Flight Facility (WFF)||Lead Organization||NASA Facility||Wallops Island, VA|