DESIGN A CUBESAT STRUCTURE

Experiments that fly in space need a structure to hold them.  These structures can be of many shapes and sizes depending on the type of rocket that will take them to space.  To mark the first steps of the collaboration between the National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space (EIS) program and EXOS Aerospace Systems and Technologies, Corp. and the initiative to send hundreds of student experiments into space, we are offering this worldwide search to find the perfect CubeSat structure!  

Whether you create your CubeSat using 3-D printing, innovative technologies, or new types of materials, you will have fun meeting the challenge of creating a lightweight, strong and easy to duplicate CubeSat.  If your design is chosen in the semifinalist design challenge, you will be given the opportunity to build the structure and send it to EXOS for evaluation.

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

3D PRINTED STRUCTURE CHALLENGE

  • The structure must be 1U in size (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm).
  • The structure should be a rigid structure that completely encloses and protects the experiment intended to travel inside the CubeSat.
  • Needs to have an access area or lid that can be installed and removed without damage and be easily secured for flight
  • Structure must withstand stresses of 10 g’s sustained
  • Structure must withstand a stress of 15 g’s shock in any axis
  • Light-weight structures will score higher point values
  • Lowest production cost and build time will score higher point values

 

STANDARD STRUCTURE CHALLENGE

  • The structure must be 1U in size (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm).
  • The structure should be a rigid structure and can be open sided.
  • Needs to have an access area so that an experiment can be installed and removed without damage and be easily secured for flight.
  • Structure must withstand stresses of 10 g’s sustained.
  • Structure must withstand a stress of 15 g’s shock in any axis.
  • Light-weight structures will score higher point values.
  • Lowest production cost and build time will score higher point values.

 

Dateline for submission: February 1, 2018
 
Source: Enterprise In Space

Illustration Photo: Artist's concept of living quarters covered with soil to shield the crew from the sun’s radiation. The extended base has greenhouse and a pressurized work facility where full spacesuits would not be required. This artist conception (being released by NASA) was provided by CASE FOR MARS, an independent organization concerned with a Mars mission.

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