ARMADILLO [University of Texas]
ARMADILLO (Attitude Related Maneuvers and Debris Instrumentation in Low (L) Orbit) is a three unit CubeSat that is being designed and built by students at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) in collaboration with Baylor University.
ARMADILLO will study and characterize sub-millimeter space debris particles currently in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) using a Piezo Dust Detector (PDD) developed at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) at Baylor University. Additionally, the spacecraft will obtain radio occultation measurements by collecting GPS measurements using a dual frequency, software-defined FOTON GPS receiver developed by the Radionavigation Lab at UT-Austin. In order to precisely point the PDD and FOTON GPS Receiver, so as to obtain the best scientific results, the ARMADILLO picosatellite will have a precise six degree-of-freedom attitude control system. The satellite will also establish optical navigation and provide an independent verification of the ADC unit with an in-house developed star tracker, as well as have the capability to reprogram the on-board computer while in orbit.
The ARMADILLO mission has three primary mission objectives – two are related to the on-board scientific payload while the third is related to the systems engineering of the spacecraft. These mission objectives are:
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||University of Texas|
|Contractors:||University of Texas|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|ARMADILLO||-||2019||CCK LC-39A||Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)||with DSX , FORMOSAT 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E, 7F, GPIM, OTB 1, NPSat 1, Oculus-ASR, Prox 1, LightSail B, FalconSat 7, E-TBEx A, E-TBEx B, PSat 2, BRICSat 2, TEPCE 1, TEPCE 2, CP 9 (LEO), StangSat, Ballast|