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USSOCOM Checkpoint Alpha
short description
To demonstrate cubesat capabilities using a 6U platform.
Introduce yourself or your team
I am a Computer Engineer with data communications background.
What makes you an ideal candidate for this Challenge?
I have a applied physics background and have worked on data communications designs.
Describe your solution.
Multi-payload demonstration...The basic payloads that we try to fit on a 6U cubesat are Visible light cameras...etc...
What is the size of your proposed solution?
I propose to use the 6U platform with at most 5.4 kgs payload.
Does your solution help Special Operations Forces missions? How?
My proposed solution hopefully will help Special Operations Forces in stopping the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) which includes biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, using pictures from different EM spectrum outputs like optical (visible light), thermal and Synthetic Aperture Radar and "old school" analysis of bunkers, and tracking WMD enemy agents and vehicles or ships already tagged by the Special Forces operators of their movements 24 hours on any locations in the world.
Where known, identify platform accommodation requirements for power.
Payload and cubesat power requirements of at least 45 Watts.
Where known, identify platform accommodation requirements for thermal control.
Thermal management is achieved using Kapton sheet, water cooling, heat sink, water turbine, DC motors and using other insulating and heat radiating materials.
Where known, identify platform accommodation requirements for data transfer rate.
The cubesat needs at least 1mbits/sec data transfer rate. for ground station and cubesat to cubesat communications.
Where known, identify platform accommodation requirements for data transfer volume (per orbit).
Data transfer volume is at least 10mbits/ Orbit?
Where known, identify platform accommodation requirements for bus stability and attitude control.
Bus stability can be established by using USB interface of payload to processor or maybe using data acquisition boards. Attitude control may require typical reaction wheels or using propulsion for fine pointing using solenoids and highly compressed cold gasses like carbon dioxide with mini-thrusters positioned on different locations of the cubesat frame manifolds.
Can you identify any additional platform accommodation requirements for your solution?
May need extra power managemenrmt system for solar panels, battery and additional payload as may be needed. May need to make the cubesat radiation hard so as still be functioning in case of direct exposure to Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) radiation or other electonically disabling events...May need microthrusters so as to QUICKLY RECOVER from cubesat ejection spin from the P-POD and have a direct view of target as needed by the warfighter on the ground and the commanders.
Can your concept can be implemented with current state-of-the-art flight-qualified components, or will it require additional development? Please describe.
I hope to use mostly COTS parts so that the cubesat could be demonstrated as a prototype in a shorter time period. Payload to be included that will require further development is the use of minituarized Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and will be similar to that used on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)but will have lower power requirements and smaller in size but will have the same or better resolution.
Intellectual Property: Do you acknowledge that this is only the Concept Phase of the competition, and all ideas are to remain the property and ownership of USSOCOM for future discretionary use, licensing, or inclusion in future challenges?
Supporting PDF upload
UAS Synthetic Aperture Radar.pdf

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