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TRACking CubeSat Study Success

Thrusters have been used to move spacecraft since the 1960s, but are still rare on CubeSats. Now, many missions opt for nano satellite platforms like CubeSats to meet the required objectives with lower launch costs and shorter development times. However, current CubeSats generally provide only coarse attitude control and do not allow for orbit adjustment. In the Surrey-sponsored TRACSat (Target Recognition and Acquisition CubeSat) project, students from University of Colorado at Boulder aimed to demonstrate technology that allows rapid ground-based testing and measurement of precise CubeSat maneuvers and thruster control algorithms.

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31 July 20130 Comments0 Comments