SMARTSat [Texas A&M University]
SMARTSat (Shape Memory Alloy Research Technology Satellite) was a CubeSat (1U) mission designed at Texas A&M.
In the fall of 2002, a small group of students at the newly-founded Space Engineering Institute (SEI) began work on the SMARTSat CubeSat, a small student-built satellite.
The mission of SMARTSat was to demonstrate the use of Shape Memory Alloys to deploy solar panels, to demonstrate an attitude determination algorithm using input from a magnetometer and sun sensors and to take and transmit pictures of Earth. Passive attitude controll would hav been by a 2 m deployable garvity gradient boom.
Apparently the mission was cancelled in 2007.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Texas A&M University|
|Contractors:||Texas A&M University|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|