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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

CubeSat Modular Deployable Solar Arrays (CMDSA)

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Project Introduction

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:

  • Capable of being used on the different size faces of a CubeSat
  • Scalable to varying solar array sizes
  • Able to accommodate different angles
  • Packaged within dispenser volume allotments

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.

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