The Aerospace Corporation’s two-satellite based mission of AeroCube 10 was released from the spacecraft of Northrop Grumman Cygnus on August 7. It was loaded with sensors as well as experiments for studying the atmosphere of the Earth, preparing for proximity of satellite operations along with measuring solar cells degradation in orbit.
Joseph Gangestad, who is the associate director of systems at the Department of Technical Futures and Enterprise Engineering, has said that as an organization, Aerospace is never satisfied with accomplishing just one great thing at once.
One experiment of AeroCube 10 has been designed for revealing variations in the atmosphere of the Earth. The cubesats comprise more than 20 “Falling Stars,” which are thin aluminum plates connected to each other by springs. As they depart from the cubesats, these probes will become spherical in shape to re-enter the atmosphere of the Earth within weeks. Researchers at Aerospace will be relying on the Surveillance Network of Space of the US for tracking the fall of the probes in the atmosphere.
Gangestad has said that they will be capable of studying the changes in the atmosphere with time, especially in the lower altitudes.
Researchers of Aerocube 10 are also looking into radiation’s impact when it comes to solar cells. These satellites of AeroCube 10 consist of a solar cell group. These cells have radiation shields with different thicknesses along with dosimeters as well as particle telescopes of the micro charged type.
According to Catherine Venturing, this forms a portion of a large experiment series to study the radiation’s impact when it comes to solar cells. Venturini is a senior leadership of projects in the Development and Strategy department of Technology and Science at Aerospace.
Further, Aerospace will continue experimenting with the kind of thrusters of water vapor that first flew back in 2015 aboard Aerocube 7. Thrusters on AeroCube 10 cubesat seem to be similar. However, engineers at Aerospace have altered the design for making them extra efficient, as per Darren Rowen, who is the director of the department of Small Satellite at Aerosp