CubeSat Requirements for Airborne Science Research
As part of a new initiative, the Cal Poly CubeSat Lab is working with NASA to develop requirements for a new system that will use aircraft as a means for flight testing and flight experiments with science payloads that fit in a CubeSat form factor. This Project has the potential to allow for expanded opportunities for payload development and testing by reducing the cost of high altitude research and data collection, faster experimental turnover and adaptation, and expedited experimental timelines.

In order to develop requirements that are appropriate, we created this form and are sending it to our CubeSat community. Below are several questions that will help us define and adjust our requirements to allow flight opportunities for as many CubeSats and payload developers as possible. Thank you again for taking time to complete our survey, feedback is also appreciated.

What type of organization do you represent? (Academic, Government, Commercial) *
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Could high altitude aircraft based testing be useful for your experiments/payloads? Ex: Used for instrument calibration, or as a low cost experimental demonstration/validation *
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What are typical duty cycles for your payloads? Example: Our previous Payload operated on a 30% duty cycle, using 30W at 12V DC while running. *
Your answer
For a 100% duty cycle, what would be the expected maximum power draw of your payload(s)? Example: For a 100% duty cycle, our payload would use 80W at 28V DC. *
Your answer
For CubeSat developers, if your CubeSat is offered a regulated 28V DC, would your system be able to step it up or down to the required voltage or would you need it to be delivered at that voltage? *
Is your CubeSat capable of interfacing with Ethernet, SPI, UART, or I2C? If not, what sensory architecture do your systems use? *
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(optional) Please describe your payload's requirements, as well as its concept of operations.
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(optional) For scientific payload developers, do you already use a standardized payload interface connection?
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(optional) For scientific payload developers, do you have any specific environmental or system requirements, such as heating/cooling, or EMI restrictions? Example: Payload cannot be exposed to Oxygen.
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Lastly, Do you have any additional feedback for us? Questions are also appreciated (please include an email for us to get back to you).
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