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Titre du document / Document title

6U CubeSat design for Earth observation with 6.5m GSD, five spectral bands and 14Mbps downlink

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

TSITAS S. R. (1) ; KINGSTON J. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Cranfield Space Research Centre, Aerospace Engineering Department School of Engineering, Cranfield University, Cranfield, ROYAUME-UNI

Résumé / Abstract

The design of a 6U CubeSat including spacecraft systems and imaging payload is described for an Earth observation mission. From a Sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 600km the design enables imaging with a 6.5m GSD, an optical MTF (on axis) of >59% at half Nyquist and >35% at Nyquist, a 26km swath, 12 bit digitisation and SNR of 120-200:one in five spectral bands; blue, green, red, red edge and near infrared. Data can be downlinked at the rate of 14 Mbps to a 3.7m S band ground station. This design allows an 8kg CubeSat to perform Earth observation missions equivalent to those of current 50-150kg microsatellites, with a corresponding reduction in cost.

Revue / Journal Title

Aeronautical Journal    ISSN  0001-9240   CODEN AENJAK 

Source / Source

2010, vol. 114, no1161, pp. 689-697 [9 page(s) (article)] (33 ref.)

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Royal Aeronautical Society, London, ROYAUME-UNI  (1968) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Satellite observation


Earth planet


Artificial satellites


Mots-clés français / French Keywords



Observation par satellite


Planète Terre


Satellite artificiel


Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Observación por satélite


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 985, 35400019142422.0040

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 23420385

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