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Accession Number ADA564129
Title Ho' oponopono: A Radar Calibration CubeSat.
Publication Date Oct 2011
Media Count 17p
Personal Author J. G. Furumo L. K. Martin N. G. Fisher W. A. Shiroma W. H. Jones
Abstract To accurately identify and track objects over its territories, the US military must regularly monitor and calibrate its 80+ C-band radar tracking stations distributed around the world. Unfortunately, only two calibration satellites are currently in service, and both have been operating well past their operational lifetimes. Losing either satellite will result in a community of users that no longer has a reliable means of radar performance monitoring and calibration. This paper not only presents the first radar calibration satellite in a CubeSat form factor, but also demonstrates the ability of a university student team to address an urgent operational need at very low cost while simultaneously providing immense educational value. Our CubeSat is named Ho oponopono ( to make right in Hawaiian), an appropriate name for a calibration satellite. The government-furnished payload suite consists of a C- band transponder, GPS unit, and associated antennas, all housed in a 3U CubeSat form factor. Ho oponopono was the basis for the University of Hawaii s participation in the AFOSR University Nanosat-6 Program, a rigorous two-year satellite design and fabrication competition. Ho oponopono was also selected by NASA as a participant in its CubeSat Launch Initiative for an upcoming launch.
Keywords Artificial satellites
C band
Calibration
Cubsat
Education
Monitoring
Nanosatellite
Radar
Radar tracking


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 63H - Radiofrequency Detection
Corporate Author Hawaii Univ., Honolulu.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. Feb 2009-May 2011.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number FA9550-09-1-0081

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