Accession Number : ADA619535


Title :   NPS Solar Cell Array Tester Cubesat Flight Testing and Integration


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Helker, Joseph K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a619535.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The Naval Postgraduate School Solar Cell Array Tester (NPS-SCAT) is the first CubeSat for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The NPS-SCAT mission was designed to measure solar cell performance degradation in low earth orbit. NPS-SCAT serves as a pathfinder for future NPS CubeSat missions. This thesis documents the pre-flight NPS-SCAT battery analysis, power budget, vibration analysis, beacon antenna integration evaluation, and conformal coat study. Some data from the flight is presented, which validates the pre-flight power budget analysis.


Descriptors :   *EARTH ORBITS , *SOLAR CELLS , *SPACE SYSTEMS , ANTENNAS , BEACONS , BUDGETS , CONFORMAL STRUCTURES , DEGRADATION , FLIGHT , FLIGHT TESTING , INTEGRATION , MISSIONS , POWER , SOLAR PANELS , TEST AND EVALUATION , TEST EQUIPMENT , THESES , VIBRATION


Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE