A modular assembly method of a feed and thruster system for Cubesats

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Louwerse, Marcus and Jansen, Henri and Elwenspoek, Miko (2010) A modular assembly method of a feed and thruster system for Cubesats. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 20 (11). p. 115011. ISSN 0960-1317

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Abstract:A modular assembly method for devices based on micro system technology is presented. The assembly method forms the foundation for a miniaturized feed and thruster system as part of a micro propulsion unit working as a simple blow-down system of a rocket engine. The micro rocket is designed to be used for constellation maintenance of Cubesats, which measure 10 × 10 × 10 cm and have a mass less than 1 kg. The feed and thruster system contains an active valve, control electronics, a particle filter and an axisymmetric converging–diverging nozzle, all fabricated as separate modules. A novel method is used to integrate these modules by placing them on or in a glass tube package. The assembly method is shown to be a valid method but the valve module needs to be improved considerably.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0960-1317/20/11/115011
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