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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27338

Title: Design, Test, Calibration and Qualification of Satellite Sun Sensors, Power Systems and Supporting Software Development
Authors: Gavigan, Patrick
Advisor: Zee, Robert E.
Department: Aerospace Science and Engineering
Keywords: Space Systems
Sun Sensors
Space Flight Laboratory
Issue Date: 30-May-2011
Abstract: This thesis describes technologies developed for nanosatellites at the Space Flight Laboratory. A critical ground station component, the Terminal Node Controller, was upgraded in order to support Generic Nanosatellite Bus and future missions. Sun sensor requirements and operation were reviewed, followed by details of the author's work in executing the acceptance testing on these parts, including thermal shock testing, thermal functional testing, calibration, system level testing and on orbit commissioning. A new calibration test process was developed, along with supporting structure and software to ease the testing process, producing accurate calibration parameters and expected performance results for the sensors. A thermal qualification campaign was completed, demonstrating that sun sensors are capable of functioning with negligible performance degradation after exposure to extreme temperatures. A process for installing the sun sensor pin hole was developed using photolithography. Finally, power subsystem analysis for the NEMO-AM mission is presented.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/27338
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