A new dimension of space mission architectures is emerging where hundreds to thousands of very small satellites will collectively perform missions in a distributed fashion. To support this architecture, high volume production of femto-scale satellites at low cost is required. This paper reviews current and emerging distributed space systems. A conceptual design of SpaceChip, which is a monolithic “satellite-on-a-chip” based on commercial CMOS technology is detailed. Assessment of the SpaceChip design is given and its use in future distributed space missions is discussed.
Satellite-on-a-Chip Development for Future Distributed Space Missions
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Barnhart, DJ, Vladimirova, T, & Sweeting, MN. "Satellite-on-a-Chip Development for Future Distributed Space Missions." Proceedings of the CANEUS 2006: MNT for Aerospace Applications. CANEUS2006: MNT for Aerospace Applications. Toulouse, France. August 27–September 1, 2006. pp. 199-212. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/CANEUS2006-11045
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