NanoRacks-LitSat-1 (NanoRacks-LitSat-1) - 07.15.14
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The NanoRacks-LitSat-1 is one of two Lithuanian CubeSats to be Lithuania's first satellites in space. NanoRacks-LitSat-1 is a technology demonstration in mission to determine the attitude of the satellite by measuring data from internal gyro, accelerometers, magnetometers, sun sensors and a GPS receiver. This data is necessary for the next technology demonstration mission of satellite attitude control by a Piezoelectric reaction sphere.
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OpNom NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer
NanoRacks, LLC, Houston, TX, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Laboratory (NL)
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2013 - March 2014
Previous ISS Missions
- NanoRacks-LitSat-1 determines the satellite attitude by measuring the data from Gyro, Magnetic, and sun sensors as well as a GPS receiver.
- NanoRacks-LitSat-1 is being launched in preparation for the technology demonstration mission of satellite attitude control by means of Piezoelectric reaction sphere.
- NanoRacks-LitSat-1 also tests the radio amateur linear transponder.
The NanoRacks-LitSat-1 satellite, under contract with NanoRacks LLC., is brought to the ISS by the Orbital Cygnus resupply mission one. After releasing to space by the robotic arm from the Kibo module the power supply and the antennas of the satellite are deployed with the delay of 40 min. The collection of the data for the determination of satellite attitude based on measurements of gyro, magnetic, and sun sensors is performed for one week. These data are used for preparation of the next technology demonstration mission of satellite attitude control by means of Piezoelectric reaction sphere. In a week after the deployment the testing of the radio amateur linear transponder in different modes (continuous wave (CW), single sideband (SSB), frequency modulation (FM) Voice) is planned. The next experiment tests the space qualified GPS receiver and collects processed and raw data. In the remaining period of flight the continuation of collection of satellite attitude data and operation of the linear amateur transponder is planned.
One Piezoelectric reaction sphere can replace three reaction wheels and save the component costs and mass.
Improving satellite technology directly benefits people on Earth.
NanoRacks CubeSats are delivered to the ISS already integrated within a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). A crewmember transfers each NRCSD from the launch vehicle to the JEM. Visual inspection for damage to each NRCSD is performed. When CubeSat deployment operations begin, the NRCSDs are unpacked, mounted on the JAXA Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) and placed on the JEM airlock slide table for transfer outside the ISS. A crewmember operates the JEM Remote Manipulating System (JRMS) – to grapple and position for deployment. CubeSats are deployed when JAXA ground controllers command a specific NRCSD.
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