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QB50
What is QB50?
• Network of (nearly) 50 CubeSats
• Coordinated by Von Kármán Institute, Belgium
• Total cost (11,8M€), EC
•...
What is a CubeSat?
• Miniaturized satellite
• Dimensions: 10x10x10 cm3
• Mass: 1 kg
• CalPoly and Stanford University
• Lo...
QB50 Objectives
• Viability of CubeSat constellations for First-class
science.
• Sustained and affordable access to Space....
QB50 Objectives
• Serve as a platform for In-Orbit Demonstration
– Aerothermodynamic shield (QARMAN)
– Formation flying (D...
Launches
• Dnepr Science Mission
– 6 CubeSats
– Sun-synchronous Quasi-polar Orbit
– Q3 2016
• ISS Mission
– 40 CubeSats
– ...
QB50 History
• Project approved by EC on January 2012
• Original scheduled launch 2014
• 2 precursor missions
– QB50p1 and...
Qbee50-LTU-OC (SE01)
• Collaboration LTU - Open Cosmos
• Pioneer in Sweden
• Scientific mission: FIPEX
• OC-OBC (Onboard C...
Qbee50-LTU-OC (SE01)
• Operations at Nanosat Lab
– Module Acquisitions
– Module Tests
– Assembly and Integration
– Functio...
Questions?
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SIF #2 Day 2: QB50

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Presentation of QB50 project and Nanosatellite laboratory by Chris Nieto, Onboard Space Systems.

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SIF #2 Day 2: QB50

  1. 1. QB50
  2. 2. What is QB50? • Network of (nearly) 50 CubeSats • Coordinated by Von Kármán Institute, Belgium • Total cost (11,8M€), EC • EC - FP7 Framework Programme (8M€) • 15 Participants: – Stanford University (US) – Northwestern Polytechnic University (China) – Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Russia)
  3. 3. What is a CubeSat? • Miniaturized satellite • Dimensions: 10x10x10 cm3 • Mass: 1 kg • CalPoly and Stanford University • Low Cost (~100.000€), Tyvak • Commercial Off-t he-Shelf (COTS) • Secondary payloads (piggyback) [1] Original source: Original uploader was ‫ענבר‬ ‫טל‬at he.wikipedia - Transferred from he.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17934925. [1]
  4. 4. QB50 Objectives • Viability of CubeSat constellations for First-class science. • Sustained and affordable access to Space. • Lower Thermosphere research (200-380km). – Ion-Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) Density and temperature of O, O2, N2, NO – Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment (FIPEX) Behavior of atomic oxygen – multi-Needle Langmuir Probe (m-NLP) Electron density and electric potential
  5. 5. QB50 Objectives • Serve as a platform for In-Orbit Demonstration – Aerothermodynamic shield (QARMAN) – Formation flying (DelFFi) – Inflatable rigidisable sail (InflateSail) • Promote educational projects
  6. 6. Launches • Dnepr Science Mission – 6 CubeSats – Sun-synchronous Quasi-polar Orbit – Q3 2016 • ISS Mission – 40 CubeSats – String of pearls constellation • Dnepr In-orbit Demonstrator Mission – 2 CubeSats – Sun-synchronous Orbit (550km) [2] Original Source: NASA - https://secure.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/12801808743/in/set-72157629601396498, Public Domain, [3] Original Source: CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1820661 [2] [3]
  7. 7. QB50 History • Project approved by EC on January 2012 • Original scheduled launch 2014 • 2 precursor missions – QB50p1 and QB50p2 – Test INMS and FIPEX – Launched on June 19th 2014 by a Dnepr
  8. 8. Qbee50-LTU-OC (SE01) • Collaboration LTU - Open Cosmos • Pioneer in Sweden • Scientific mission: FIPEX • OC-OBC (Onboard Computer) – Technology demonstrator • Deployed from the ISS • Launch previewed late 2016
  9. 9. Qbee50-LTU-OC (SE01) • Operations at Nanosat Lab – Module Acquisitions – Module Tests – Assembly and Integration – Functional Tests – Qualification Tests – Packing and shipping – Ground Station Operations
  10. 10. Questions?

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