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Titre du document / Document title

6U CubeSat commercial applications

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 Cranfield University, ROYAUME-UNI

Résumé / Abstract

Recent work by Tsitas and Kingston(1) has demonstrated that an 8kg 6U CubeSat can be designed to perform Earth observation missions equivalent to those of 50-150kg microsatellites. Their design is reviewed and its commercial potential is compared to the 156kg RapidEye spacecraft. Three other commercial applications of this design are described. These are: a standard spacecraft for space scientists and astronomers; the spacecraft component of an N nation 5 spectral band disaster monitoring constellation and a night imaging satellite. Nanosatellites should now be considered for commercial missions previously thought to require microsatellites.

Revue / Journal Title

Aeronautical Journal    ISSN  0001-9240   CODEN AENJAK 

Source / Source

2012, vol. 116, no1176, pp. 189-198 [10 page(s) (article)] (21 ref.)

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

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

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Artificial satellites




Earth planet


Satellite observation


Mots-clés français / French Keywords



Satellite artificiel


Article synthèse


Planète Terre


Observation par satellite


Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Observación por satélite


Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 985, 35400050889584.0040

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 25493940

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