RESEARCH & SCIENCE
While Space seems to be a hostile environment, it offers unique conditions, which are nowhere to be found on earth
Using these conditions to the benefit of science and technology can bring humanity a huge step forward. Ultimately, research in space is the key to a successful colonization of our solar system
While most of the research today is done on board of the International Space Station, new business ideas have demonstrated the value of CubeSats as an alternative platform. German Orbital Systems’ GROOVE platform underlines the commitment of the company to this particular field. The innovative shared satellite platform allows for very cost-effective experiments in space. Up to 10 customers can share a bus to bring their payloads to space at a fraction of typical costs.
CubeSats have already been used to bring a variety of exciting scientific experiments from different domains to space. Since several years now a separate committee of the American National Academy of Sciences addresses the possibilities of the novel platforms. In 2016 it published a book called “Achieving Science with CubeSats” which identified several domains which have or will benefit from CubeSats.
Biological and Physical Science in Space
Solar and Space Physics
Several CubeSat missions have already shown their value for solar and space physics research. Nevertheless, the required miniaturization of the measurement equipment results in limitations in measurement precision and sensitivity. One way to overcome these limitations is to use distributed satellite systems to produce so called multipoint measurements. As small, miniaturized propulsion modules and high precision AOCS are getting more mature and more affordable – a new breakthrough in solar and space physics based on distributed CubeSat network measurements is approaching.