Design of an Undergraduate 3-Axis Space Science Satellite
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO DEPT OF ASTRONAUTICS
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The fundamental objectives of the capstone design project in the Department of Astronautics at the United States Air Force Academy are for cadets to learn important engineering lessons by executing a real space mission on a Department of Defense-funded satellite project. FalconSAT-5 is a 153 kg, three-axis stabilized spacecraft being designed and built by cadets and scheduled for launch in December 2009 on a Minotaur-IV from Kodiak, Alaska. The satellite has a space science mission to measure the local state of the ionosphere at ambient conditions with the intelligent Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer iMESA instrument and higher energy ions with the Wafer Integrated Spectrometers WISPERS instrument. There is also an RF receiver that can tune in the VHF and UHF bands in order to measure RF scintillation and correlate large scale ionospheric variations with the local iMESA and WISPERS measurements. One additional science objective is to understand and measure the interaction of generated plasmas with the body of a satellite and the local magnetic fields.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Unmanned Spacecraft