Space-Based Telescopes for the Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris Systems and Test Engineering
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis presents the results and activities related to the design, analysis, construction, test, and integration of a flight-qualified satellite, the Space-based Telescopes for the Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris STARE satellite. This project has been a collaboration, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL and including the Naval Postgraduate School NPS and Texas AM University. Of particular importance are the processes, experiences, and results of testing the payload and integrated STARE satellite. In addition, an analysis of testing requirements specifically appropriate for CubeSats, has been performed based on experience with larger satellites, and, finally, a thermal model has been developed for on-orbit thermal performance evaluation. The STARE satellite is currently scheduled to be a secondary payload mounted in the NPS CubeSat Launcher NPSCuL, attached to the Atlas V Aft Bulkhead Carrier ABC on the Centaur upper stage. The goal of the STARE project is to improve Space Situational Awareness and, once the concept is validated, to develop a constellation that would be able to deliver highly refined optical data to improve current conjunction analysis.
- Optical Detection and Detectors