ESTCube-2: Mission and satellite architecture
Karl Kruuse and Erik Ilbis
Time: Wed 2017-03-22 13.15 - 14.00
Lecturer: Karl Kruuse and Erik Ilbis
Location: Seminar room, Teknikringen 29
ESTCube-2 is a three-unit CubeSat, which is designed to test Coulomb drag propulsion and perform various technological demonstrations. The main payload is the plasma brake experiment, which in low Earth orbit could be used to deorbit the satellite. The experiment involves deploying a thin tether and charging it to 1 kV. In addition to the E-sail payload, the satellite has two Earth observation cameras, anti-corrosion coatings experiment, a cold-gas propulsion module and an in-house developed miniaturized satellite bus which also includes a star tracker and reaction wheels. The project is currently in the prototyping phase and flight hardware should be completed in the end of 2018.