Verification of Tether Deployment System aboard CubeSat through Dynamics Simulations and Tests

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2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021, IEEE Aerospace Conference, Volume 2021-March
This paper proposes a proper model selection strategies for the dynamic simulations of the tether deployment mission aboard a CubeSat. Space tether technology will enable innovative space missions in the near future. The Coulomb Drag Propulsion (CDP), including electric solar wind sailing, is one of the plausible future technologies. The authors currently develop a CubeSat, FORESAIL-1, for space demonstration of CDP. However, the analytical simulations for the verification and validation of the mission design typically require a high computational cost. This is because a minimum model order is not selected properly. In this study, through observing a preliminary analytical model for tether deployment analysis, the simplest model is chosen to avoid the mission failure modes in each deployment phase.
Funding Information: The authors acknowledges all the members involved in the development of FORESAIL CubeSats. The authors especially appreciate Nemanja Jovanovic, Bagus Riwanto, and Petri Niemelä at Aalto University for their significant contributions in the FORESAIL CubeSat missions. The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space is developing and will launch FORESAIL-1. The Centre is funded through the Academy of Finland with grant numbers 312351, 312356, 312357, 312358, and 312390. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 IEEE.
Sakamoto , H , Mughal , M R , Slavinskis , A , Praks , J , Toivanen , P , Janhunen , P , Palmroth , M , Kilpua , E & Vainio , R 2021 , Verification of Tether Deployment System aboard CubeSat through Dynamics Simulations and Tests . in 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021 . , 9438281 , IEEE Aerospace Conference , vol. 2021-March , IEEE , IEEE Aerospace Conference , Big Sky , Montana , United States , 06/03/2021 .