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CubeLab Standard for Improved Access to the International Space Station for Scientific Payloads University of Kentucky, Moorehead State University/NASA Ames Research Center

The design and development of the CubeLab Bus is complete. Several versions of the enclosure and connectors have been tested and a final design supporting floating Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectors and mount points for NASA Ames Payloads has been designed. Thermal analysis and testing has been performed and models have been produced with 3D printers and have been machined in aluminum. Several iterations of the electronics have been developed and tested, with the Command and Data Handling (C&DH) components and software libraries and the External Power Supply (EPS) subsystem evolving to a very mature design. The mission control software has been tested and software for mission scripting and commanding have been developed and tested. Finally, a fully Space Plug-and-Play Architecture (SPA)-1-compliant Applique Sensor Interface Module (ASIM) has been tested with the CubeLab Bus. The bus will support a wide variety of mission profiles and is ready for integration with payloads. Infrastructure was established at the University of Kentucky consisting of test equipment and procedures that were used to flight qualify several payloads flown to the ISS in the CubeSat form-factor. Currently a CubeSat is being qualified for delivery to the ISS for launch under the NASA EPSCoR ISS Flight Opportunity program. Several technologies that were developed as part of the CubeLab Bus design are being adapted to small satellites. The battery charging technologies developed for the CubeLab is being adapted into a generic modular EPS system for small Dr. James Lumpp, University of Kentucky professor, led the UK College of Engineering Space satellites. Also, the communications Systems Lab in design and implementation of the CubeLab Bus for standardized lab access to the International Space Station. This project utilized a ground operations station at UK, pictured here, libraries developed to interface with live video and communications links to ISS. with the Ames payload are being leveraged for communications and data handling on two CubeSats that flew in 2013 (KySat-2 and Trailblazer) to demonstrate control and data transfer from a novel stellar gyroscope and flight demonstrations of the US Air Force Space Plug-and-Play Architecture (SPA). Dr. James E. Lumpp, Jr., Science PI, Professor, University of Kentucky



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Douglas Gruendel, Ph.D., NASA Technical Monitor, Kennedy Space Center

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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