ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The authors
- MD Laurel
he ongoing development of a three-axis stabilized microsatellite bus concept designed for critical, embedded government or commercial aerospace applications at APL is described. These microsatellites can form the basis for cost-effective, multiple in situ or remote sensing missions for monitoring physical phenomena; for missions enabled via fl ying a number of satellites in formation; and for a constellation of satellites launched by a low-cost launch vehicle. The foundation for this microsatellite bus concept, with a weight of 30 kg and size of 20 20 61 cm, is based on technologies and manufacturing processes now in place or being developed at APL. The microsatellite and its foundational technologies are being advanced for insertion into current and future APL Space Department proposals and programs and are also candidates for technology transfer to industry for commercial applications.