Zographou: World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (W S E A S)
One of the main advantage of microsatellites is their small size. The reliability, safety, and effectiveness of the satellite structure play an important role in the normal operation of the satellite. The satellite structure should be designed that it supports all subsystems, and payloads. The satellite structure should be stable against vibration and environmental factors during the rocket launch, in order to ensure normal operation of the other subsystems and payload. When designing a satellite, we take into account the features of the attitude control subsystem, thermal control subsystem, and solar energy subsystem, which are essential for stable operation, as well as the reliability of the structure. In this article, we discuss a structure design for the Taiwan Universities United Satellite NO.1A (TUUSAT-1A) microsatellite. The satellite is a cube with an edge of 28 cm. The surface of the satellite is covered by six aluminum plates, each of which has a solar chip attached to it. The satellite mainly comprises four layers-each layer is an aluminum plates that form a single aluminum alloy block.
WSEAS Transactions On Applied And Theoretical Mechanics 5(1), pp.45-58