Summaries - Research
Back Integration and Test of a Terahertz Imaging Camera as a 1U Payload for CubeSats
|Division||Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science|
|Department||Space Systems Academic Group|
Lan, Wenschel D.
Newman, James H.
|Sponsor||Department of Defense Space (DoD)|
|Summary||The Naval Postgraduate School’s Sensor Research Laboratory is developing a terahertz imaging camera (TIC) with infrared readout technologies that can be integrated into a CubeSat. Building on existing TIC research at NPS, this proposal describes the integration and test effort associated with flight-qualifying the TIC as a 1U CubeSat payload. The CubeSat Next Generation Bus (CNGB) will be used as a baseline bus for interface and testing purposes to leverage the experience and hardware availability of this system within the Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG). However, adaptability with other CubeSat buses, such as AFIT’s 6U bus, Grissom, will be maintained. This supports DoD Space efforts in the emerging field of very small satellites. This applied research effort requires actual hardware and software at NPS and in the field for test and experiment. The growing acceptance of the CubeSat, a very small satellite, as a means of accomplishing focused research objectives of national interest makes this project of great interest to the SSAG at NPS. The Naval Officers and other students in the NPS Space Systems Engineering and Operations curricula have the opportunity to participate in Directed Studies and Thesis research related to this proposal. The Space Systems curricula benefit from the opportunity to integrate laboratories which use active satellites in orbit and an active network of ground stations. In addition, this work supports the development of national capabilities in space to ultimately benefit the Naval Service and the warfighter.|
|Keywords||Cube Satellites (CubeSat) Terahertz imager room temperature|
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