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York University Space Engineering Nanosatellite Demonstration (YuSend) Mission Development

  • Regina Lee
  • Hugh Chesser
  • Matthew Cannata
  • Ian Proper
  • Nimal Navarathinam
  • Kartheephan Sathiyanathan
Conference paper

Abstract

In this paper, we review the York University Space Engineering Nanosatellite Demonstration (YuSend) program. We have identified several possible missions for CubeSat-based nanosatellites and associated enabling technologies. The potential applications for the tiny spacecraft (weighing 1kg each) include on-orbit servicing, assembly and monitoring, stereo imaging, formation flying, and GPS occultation experiments. While there are many challenges to be faced in nanosatellite design, the group is focusing on three key areas of research: power management, attitude control and autonomous mission planning. The details of current research related to the above three areas are discussed here. The objective is to demonstrate the technology to perform formation flying and on-orbit servicing using a modular power unit, thruster, and automated mission planner. This paper describes the conceptual design of York’s first satellite, the YuSend-1 spacecraft. In addition, we present the spacecraft engineering facilities at York University including the space environmental test facilities and the ground station.

Keywords

Stereo Imaging Formation Flying Star Camera Thruster Firing Attitude Control Subsystem 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Regina Lee
    • 1
  • Hugh Chesser
    • 2
  • Matthew Cannata
    • 3
  • Ian Proper
    • 3
  • Nimal Navarathinam
    • 3
  • Kartheephan Sathiyanathan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department Earth and Space Science and EngineeringPSE134 York UniversityTorontoKorea
  2. 2.School of EngineeringYork UniversityTorontoKorea
  3. 3.Masters’ of Science Candidates, Department Earth and Space Science and EngineeringPSE002B York UniversityTorontoKorea

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