SOCEM: Sub-Orbital CubeSat Experimental Mission

James E. Lumpp, Anthony K. Karam, Daniel M. Erb, Jason R. Bratcher, Samir A. Rawashdeh, Twyman Clements, Nathan Fite, Jeffrey Kruth, Benjamin Malphrus, Ivan Bland, Riki Munakata, Roland Coelho, Jordi Puig-Suari, Jason Reese, Charles Brodell, Scott Schaire

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SOCEM: Sub-Orbital CubeSat Experimental Mission will attempt, for the first time, to eject CubeSats in space from a sub-orbital sounding rocket. 1 2 This technology demonstration flight will eject two CubeSats from a standard 17-inch diameter NASA sounding rocket. Two student-designed and student-built CubeSats will be ejected as part of the mission, a 2U CubeSat ADAMASat (Antenna Deployment and Mono-filament Actuator Satellite) developed by Kentucky Space to test CubeSat actuator designs and a 1U CubeSat developed by Cal Poly as a test-bed for PolySat bus technologies. The CubeSats will be ejected perpendicular to the direction of flight without requiring a de-spin maneuver providing the CubeSats with several minutes in space before re-entry and impact in the Atlantic Ocean. The SOCEM flight is scheduled for launch on 21 January 2010. Success in this effort could provide a robust ride-share technology for future NASA sounding rocket missions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 6 2010Mar 13 2010

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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