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CubeSats for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ewan S. Douglas, Kerri L. Cahoy, Mary Knapp, Rachel E. Morgan

(Submitted on 17 Jul 2019)

CubeSats have the potential to expand astrophysical discovery space, complementing ground-based electromagnetic and gravitational-wave observatories. The CubeSat design specifications help streamline delivery of instrument payloads to space. CubeSat planners have more options for tailoring orbits to fit observational needs and may have more flexibility in rapidly rescheduling observations to respond to transients. With over 1000 CubeSats launched, there has been a corresponding increase in the availability and performance of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components compatible with the CubeSat standards, from solar panels and power systems to reaction wheels for three axis stabilization and precision attitude control. Commercially available components can reduce cost CubeSat missions, allowing more resources to be directed toward scientific instrument payload development and technology demonstrations.

Comments: 6 pages, 0 figures. APC white paper submitted to the Astro2020 Decadal Survey

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Cite as: arXiv:1907.07634 [astro-ph.IM]

  (or arXiv:1907.07634v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Ewan S Douglas 

[v1] Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:42:37 UTC (17 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.07634

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