31 Jan '13, 9am

UK’s first #CubeSat mission launched. #space @maxonmotoruk

The company's UKube-1 nanosatellite, which is controlled by brushless dc motors from maxon motor, is due to launch on a Russion Soyuz-2 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan in March 2013. Features on board include a GPS device aimed at measuring plasmaspheric space weather; an imaging sensor to take images of the Earth and test the effect of radiation on space hardware; and an instrument to demonstrate the feasibility of using cosmic radiation to improve the security of communications satellites. Clyde Space is currently working with maxon to improve the CubeSat's three axis attitude control system, which is based on a torque reaction positioning system that uses a reaction/momentum fly wheel. The reaction wheel is driven by a maxon brushless dc motor. By changing the speed of the flywheel, a reactionary torque is applied to rotate the CubeSat around an axis a...

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