All space missions require a spacecraft that meets budget constraints and mission requirements. SDL’s experience with modular architecture, high-reliability miniaturized satellite approaches, and knowledge of the space environment enables us to satisfy a wide range of customer needs.
- Expertise in small satellites in the 1 to 100 kg range
- Modular open system architecture to reduce cost and improve performance
- Radiation performance to support all Earth orbits and interplanetary missions
- Multiple approaches for high-reliability miniaturized satellites
- Military grade
|Comparison Area||Traditional CubeSat||Military-Grade CubeSat||HiRel CubeSat|
|Common Program Goals||Student experience/ interesting science||Technology advancement/ improved capability||Mission capability/ mission safety|
|Design Drivers||Cost||Performance, reliability||Mission success|
|Lifetime||1 year||Design for 1-3 years||Multi-year missions|
|Systems Engineering Rigor||Low||High||High|
|Processes||Commercial||NASA/DoD certified||NASA/DoD certified|
|Risk Approach||< Class D||Class C/D||Class C & up|
|Requirements Verification||Environmental test||Full capability verification||Full capability verification|
HyperAngular Rainbow Polarimeter
The HARP instrument is a wide field-of-view hyperangular imaging polarimeter designed to characterize aerosol and cloud properties.
SDL’s Pearl spacecraft platform is a set of standard and customizable components that can be assembled into multiple mission configurations while minimizing non-recurring engineering costs and development schedules.
Dynamic Ionosphere Cubesat Experiment
Twin CubeSats mapped the geomagnetic Storm Enhanced Density (SED) plasma bulge and plume formations in Earth’s ionosphere.
Skipper, a joint US-Russian space science mission, was the third space experiment in the Bow Shock series sponsored by MDA. Its mission was to obtain aerothermochemistry and emission data from shock-heated layers.