Development of a new class of satellites: a composite lightweight affordable spacecraft structure

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The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in partnership with Composite Optics Incorporated (COI) has successfully designed and tested a Composite Lightweight Affordable Structure (CLASS). The use of advanced composites in space applications is well developed, but the application of an all-composite satellite structure has not been achieved until now. The development of this low-cost, lightweight, composite technology for use in small satellite structures, in this case, for the Fast On-Orbit Recording of Transient Events (FORT{acute E}) satellite mission will make a considerable contribution to the advanced spacecraft community. A common practice for constructing small spacecraft structures is to use an ... continued below

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Thompson, T.C. & Parietti, L. June 1, 1996.

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The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in partnership with Composite Optics Incorporated (COI) has successfully designed and tested a Composite Lightweight Affordable Structure (CLASS). The use of advanced composites in space applications is well developed, but the application of an all-composite satellite structure has not been achieved until now. The development of this low-cost, lightweight, composite technology for use in small satellite structures, in this case, for the Fast On-Orbit Recording of Transient Events (FORT{acute E}) satellite mission will make a considerable contribution to the advanced spacecraft community. A common practice for constructing small spacecraft structures is to use an all-aluminum spacecraft bus. Compared to a composite structure, this reduces the payload capacity significantly; however, the cost of the aluminum structure has historically been lower than one of that uses lightweight components. LANL mission requirements dictate the need for a long term solution that substantially increased the ratio of payload to structural mass while maintaining a low-risk low-cost approach. LANL intends to use the concept developed for FORT{acute E} on future missions requiring similar enhanced payload capacities. 1 fig.

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  • 3. international conference on composites engineering, New Orleans, LA (United States), 21-26 Jul 1996

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  • Other: DE96011296
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-1743
  • Report No.: CONF-960786--3
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 244505
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc672617

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Thompson, T.C. & Parietti, L. Development of a new class of satellites: a composite lightweight affordable spacecraft structure, article, June 1, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc672617/: accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.