ALL-STAR/THEIA officially deorbited on Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014

 

ALL-STAR has now deorbited. The ALL-STAR team here at Space Grant is now working on post-mission analysis and going through available data and observations. The team is looking to learn from their experience with ALL-STAR and improve the next iterations of the ALL-STAR bus system.

The next payload for the ALL-STAR bus system is known as PolarCube. PolarCube aims to build a payload that is capable of examining the polar regions of the Earth. For more information, please visit their website linked here.

 

The Goal of the ALL-STAR Bus System

Students on the ALL-STAR team in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC), working in cooperation with Lockheed Martin (LMCO) and the University of Colorado at Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences department aspire to develop a low-cost 3U CubeSat bus capable of supporting the 1 year on-orbit operation of a variety of space-based research payloads that can be configured and ready for flight in 6 months through a simplified payload hardware and software interface.

The 3U Cubesat bus will be reproducible by conforming to a standard ALL-STAR interface and integration and CubeSat structure while allowing the versatility necessary for a variety of small payloads.  The satellite will consist of fully functional subsystems operating off the same amount of power as to that of a night light, designed to support one year on-orbit operations, and measure 10cm by 10cm by 30cm, weighing nearly 4 kilograms (8.8 lbs).

Such a program leads the way for many similar CubeSat projects in the future of COSGC which will evolve to other future missions.
 
 

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