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Machines 2013, 1(1), 1-32; doi:10.3390/mach1010001

OpenOrbiter: A Low-Cost, Educational Prototype CubeSat Mission Architecture

Department of Computer Science, 3950 Campus Road, Stop 9015, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9015, USA
Department of Entrepreneurship, 293 Centennial Drive, Stop 8098, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8098, USA
Department of Electrical Engineering, 243 Centennial Drive, Stop 7165, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7165, USA
Department of Space Studies, 4149 University Ave, Stop 9008, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9008, USA
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Received: 16 December 2012 / Accepted: 21 January 2013 / Published: 24 January 2013
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The preliminary design for the Open Prototype for Educational NanoSats (OPEN) demonstration spacecraft, OpenOrbiter, is presented. OPEN is designed to facilitate the formation of CubeSat development programs nationally and worldwide via providing a publically-available set of spacecraft design documents, implementation and testing plans. These documents should allow the creation of a 1-U CubeSat with a parts budget of approximately $ 5,000. This allows spacecraft development to be incorporated in regular curriculum and supported from teaching (as opposed to research) funds. The OPEN design, implemented by OpenOrbiter, has an innovative internal structure, separates payload and operations processing and includes features to ease and highlight errors in integration.
Keywords: small spacecraft; CubeSat; educational NanoSat; open hardware designs; open source software; mission design small spacecraft; CubeSat; educational NanoSat; open hardware designs; open source software; mission design
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Straub, J.; Korvald, C.; Nervold, A.; Mohammad, A.; Root, N.; Long, N.; Torgerson, D. OpenOrbiter: A Low-Cost, Educational Prototype CubeSat Mission Architecture. Machines 2013, 1, 1-32.

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