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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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Texas A&M University
Contractors: Texas A&M University
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SMARTSat - cancelled with ?


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