Sunday, June 5, 2011

Balloon CubeSat

In preparation of my dissertation, I am experimenting with different BalloonSat configurations. Here, I am attempting to replicate a CubeSat. The requiements are a 10 cm cube weighing no more than 1 kg.

The airframe is made from 10mm thick Cellfoam 88. Since it has a hard flat surface, I was able to glue Styrene plastic to it without it melting very badly. I filled in gaps with Gorrila glue.

The Balloon CubeSat measures two temperatures, internal and external. The flight computer is based on a BalloonSat Mini and will make measurements once per minute during the mission. It is my hope that a project like this will make a great introduction to satellites.

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