NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer) - 09.27.17

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The NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer) is a system that deploys satellites in the 50-100 kg mass range from the International Space Station (ISS).
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Facility Details

OpNom: Kaber

Facility Manager(s)
Michael D. Lewis, M.S., NanoRacks, LLC, Webster, TX, United States

Facility Representative(s)
Kirk Woellert, B.S., M.A., NanoRacks LLC, Webster, TX, United States

Developer(s)
NanoRacks, LLC, Webster, TX, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2015 - March 2016; September 2016 - February 2018

Expeditions Assigned
45/46,49/50,51/52,53/54

Previous Missions
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Availability
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Facility Description

Facility Overview
The NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer) is a resusuable system that provides command and control for satellite deployments from the International Space Station (ISS). NanoRacks developed the Kaber leveraging its experience deploying CubeSats from the ISS. The Kaber enables NanoRacks to support deployment into space of microsatellites up to about 100 kg from the ISS. The Kaber promotes ISS utilization by enabling deployment into orbit for a class of payload developers normally relying on expendable launch vehicles for space access. Microsatellites that are compatible with the NanoRacks Kaber have additional power, volume and communications resources enabling missions in low Earth orbit of more scope and sophistication.

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Operations

Facility Operations

  • The NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer) is a resusuable system that provides command and control for satelite deployments from the ISS.
  • The NanoRacks Microsat Deployer is about 10 kg mass with approximate dimensions of 40 cm by 42 cm by 31 cm.
  • The Kaber is a mechanical and electrical interface between the satellite separation system and the International Space Station Mobile Servicing System Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (ISS MSS SPDM) and to the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) airlock slide table.
  • The NanoRacks Microsat Deployer accommodates satellites up to 100 kg with approximate dimensions 95 cm by 83 cm by 64 cm.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Imagery

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CAD rendering of the NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer). The Kaber flange (circular component) mechanically attaches to the satellite separation system. The Kaber avionics housing is the box shaped structure with internal electronics components, which provide deployment separation signaling and electrically interfaces to the ISS SRMSS/SPDM robotic system serving as deployment platform. The beige colored object is the CLPA mate/demate component for mechanical interface to the JCAP. Atop the CLPA mate/demate component is a green colored fixture called the OTCM microsquare, which is the grapple point for the SPDM. Image courtesy of NanoRacks.

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CAD rendering of the NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer). The viewpoint is from the front of the Kaber flange. The Kaber flange cover plate is rendered semi-transparent showing the electronic components inside the Kaber avionics housing. Atop the beige CLPA mate/demate component is a green colored fixture called the OTCM microsquare, which is the grapple point for the SPDM. Image courtesy of NanoRacks.

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Photo of the NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer) flight unit. This photo shows the black colored circular Kaber flange and box shaped Kaber housing. The brass colored robotic SPDM electrical interface is visible on the top of the Kaber housing. The gold colored microsquire fixture on atop the CLPA mate/demate wedge is the grapple point for the SPDM. Also shown in this photo is the white colored CLPA mate/demate wedge protective cover. Image courtesy of NanoRacks.

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Top view photo of the NanoRacks Kaber Microsat Deployer (NanoRacks Microsat Deployer) flight unit. This photo shows the black colored circular Kaber flange which is the mechanical interface for the satellite separation system. The black colored box shaped Kaber housing is in the foreground and shows the OTCM robotic SPDM electrical interface and the microsquare fixture (shaped like a diamond) which is the SPDM grapple point. Image courtesy of NanoRacks.

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