Thermal deformation of 3U CubeSat in low Earth orbit

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The impact of uneven heating on a satellite structure in low Earth orbit has been considered using the example of 3U CubeSat. The calculations showed that the thermal deformation of CubeSat structure in orbit caused a deviation between normals to opposite small satellite sides of about 0.03°. Such a deviation is commensurate with the required satellite pointing accuracy approximately 0.1° necessary for satellite laser communication. It means that to solve similar problems in the CubeSat designing that require such or better CubeSat pointing accuracy, it is necessary to take into account the expected satellite structure thermal deformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number01013
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2018
Event6th International Forum for Young Scientists on Space Engineering 2018 - Tomsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 26 Apr 201828 Apr 2018


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