Low-cost science laboratory in microgravity using a CubeSat centrifuge framework

Jekanthan Thangavelautham, Andrew Thoesen, Fabian Gadau, Gregory Hutchins, Erik Asphaug, Iman Alizadeh

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Gravity is known to play a critical part in many physical, biological and technological processes that we take for granted on Earth. Long duration human spaceflight has shown the critical importance and dangers to human life, particularly with the irreversible loss of bone calcium and the challenges with growing food and plant-life in microgravity. Long duration human spaceflight can be made feasible by introducing artificial gravity. However previous concepts contained a spinning spacecraft 'attached' to a stationary one such as the ISS which imparts high complexity and cost. The focus of this paper is a scalable, 6U, CubeSat with the ability to deploy and extends its pair of experiment chambers a distance of up to 2.5 meter using, spinning at up to 19 rev/min to generate one g. Our current work focuses on investigating the concept feasibility, system design, deployment mechanism and power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication65th International Astronautical Congress 2014, IAC 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOur World Needs Space
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages613-619
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781634399869
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event65th International Astronautical Congress 2014: Our World Needs Space, IAC 2014 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Sep 29 2014Oct 3 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume1
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Other

Other65th International Astronautical Congress 2014: Our World Needs Space, IAC 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period9/29/1410/3/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Thangavelautham, J., Thoesen, A., Gadau, F., Hutchins, G., Asphaug, E., & Alizadeh, I. (2014). Low-cost science laboratory in microgravity using a CubeSat centrifuge framework. In 65th International Astronautical Congress 2014, IAC 2014: Our World Needs Space (pp. 613-619). (Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC; Vol. 1). International Astronautical Federation, IAF.