München 2019 – wissenschaftliches Programm
EP 9.19: Poster
Donnerstag, 21. März 2019, 16:30–19:00, Durchgangshalle
A Laboratory for Rapid Space Missions — •Martin J. Losekamm, Laura Fabbietti, and Stephan Paul — Technical University of Munich, Garching, Germany
Small satellites have become a versatile and widely used platform for scientific and commercial technology-demonstration missions. In such short-term missions, costs can be substantially reduced through the use of commercial-off-the-shelve components and ride-share launches. For the same reasons, development times are significantly shorter than for larger satellites. Despite strict limitations in size, mass, and available power, the CubeSat standard---the foundation of the most abundant class of small satellites---has enabled numerous scientists around the world to test or operate their instruments in space.
Within the recently approved DFG Cluster of Excellence "ORIGINS", we will establish a laboratory dedicated to the development of small but versatile satellites and other space-based platforms. These could either be used in preparatory missions to demonstrate technologies for larger endeavors or be self-contained experiments in their own right. In this contribution, we present the rationale for establishing the laboratory and the technologies we intend to develop. We also introduce initial and future science missions.