NPS Solar Cell Array Tester CubeSat flight testing and integration
Helker, Joseph K.
Newman, James H.
Tackett, Stephen H.
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The Naval Postgraduate School Solar Cell Array Tester (NPS-SCAT) is the first CubeSat for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The NPS-SCAT mission was designed to measure solar cell performance degradation in low earth orbit. NPS-SCAT serves as a pathfinder for future NPS CubeSat missions. This thesis documents the pre-flight NPS-SCAT battery analysis, power budget, vibration analysis, beacon antenna integration evaluation, and conformal coat study. Some data from the flight is presented, which validates the pre-flight power budget analysis.
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