Greenbelt, Maryland–(ENEWSPF)–August 8, 2016. Construction of NASA’s Dellingr CubeSat – a miniature satellite that provides a low-cost platform for missions – is complete, and the satellite has just left the lab for environmental testing. This is a key step after any satellite has been built to make sure it can withstand intense vibrations, the extremes of hot and cold, and even the magnetic fields of space – all the rigorous conditions the CubeSat will encounter during launch and spaceflight.
Dellingr’s exterior is lined with solar panels. Slighty larger than a cereal box, Dellingr is a six-unit, or 6U, CubeSat – indicating its volume is approximately six liters. Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Bill Hrybyk
Dellingr Project Manager Chuck Clagett points to the CubeSat’s boom, at the end of which is a magnetometer, an instrument that takes measurements of its magnetic surroundings. Dellingr also carries two no-boom magnetometers, a first for such miniature satellites. Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Bill Hrybyk
Small satellites, including CubeSats, are playing an increasingly larger role in exploration, technology demonstration, scientific research and educational investigations at NASA, including: planetary space exploration; Earth observations; fundamental Earth and space science; and developing precursor science instruments like cutting-edge laser communications, satellite-to-satellite communications and autonomous movement capabilities. They also allow an inexpensive means to engage students in all phases of satellite development, operation and exploitation through real-world, hands-on research and development experience on NASA-funded rideshare launch opportunities.
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