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BioSentinel: Enabling CubeSat-Scale Biogical Research Beyond Low Earth OrbitThe introduction of the Space Launch System will provide NASA with a new means of access to space beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), creating opportunities for scientific research in a range of spacecraft sizes. This presentation describes the preliminary design of the BioSentinel spacecraft, a CubeSat measuring 10cm x 20cm x 30cm, which has been manifested for launch on the maiden voyage of the Space Launch System in 2017. BioSentinel will provide the first direct experimental data from a biological study conducted beyond LEO in over forty years, which in turn will help to pave the way for future human exploration missions. The combination of an advanced biology payload with standard spacecraft bus components required for operation in deep space within a CubeSat form factor poses a unique challenge, and this paper will describe the early design trades under consideration. The baseline spacecraft design calls for the biology payload to occupy four cube-units of volume (denoted 4U), with all spacecraft bus components occupying the remaining 2U.
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Sorgenfrei, Matt
(Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Lewis, Brian S.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
May 27, 2016
Publication Date
April 28, 2014
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference(Pasadena, CA)
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Public Use Permitted.
Space Biology
Mission Design
Deep Space
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