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Deployment mechanism for nanosatellite dipole antenna

Published: 24.03.2021

Authors: Kramlikh A.V., Lomaka I.A., Shafran S.V.

Published in issue: #3(111)/2021

DOI: 10.18698/2308-6033-2021-3-2062

Category: Aviation and Rocket-Space Engineering | Chapter: Design, construction and production of aircraft

The paper focuses on the design of the deployment mechanism for a nanosatellite with a fusible element. The main requirements for this mechanism were: relative simplicity of design, reliability, as well as simplification of the ground testing procedure. Using the principle of fixation on fusible elements, Rose’s alloy in particular, we designed a laboratory prototype of the antenna feed deployment mechanism for CubeSats. Furthermore, we developed a technology of flap deployment control by measuring the conductivity of the fusible element. We carried out a set of tests of the created laboratory prototype on a vibration stand and in a thermal vacuum chamber, as well as a series of functional tests. Comparison of the created prototype with the closest commercial analogs showed that a significant gain in the dimensions of the structure was achieved, as well as the number of elements of the mechanism itself was reduced, which positively affect reliability.

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