CryoCube™

CryoCube™ is a free-flying spacecraft based on the 3U CubeSat form factor with a modular design to accommodate different payloads.

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Features:

  • Can carry payloads that are incompatible with experiments on ISS, e.g., liquid oxygen or liquid hydrogen
  • Attitude control/sunshield combination provides temperatures in experiment unit below 100 K, or below 30 K with addition of active cooling
  • Supports long duration (multiple month) experiments

Potential experiment payloads

  • Cryogenic fluid management
  • Sensors, e.g., for mass gauging
  • Liquid acquisition devices
  • Boiling and condensation physics
  • Imaging with cooled focal planes
  • Superconductivity

Animation of CryoCube-1's deployable solar panels and sunshield (click to animate)

Animation of CryoCube-1’s deployable solar panels and sunshield (click to animate)

Prototype of deployable sunshield

Prototype of deployable sunshield

End view of sunshield

End view of sunshield

CryoCube-1 transceiver being testing for compatibility with the NASA Near Earth Network

CryoCube-1 transceiver being testing for compatibility with the NASA Near Earth Network

Transceiver output viewed using vector signal analyzer

Transceiver output viewed using vector signal analyzer

Lowest frequency vibration mode of experiment tank (click to animate)

Lowest frequency vibration mode of experiment tank (click to animate)

 

Lowest frequency vibration of experiment tank with improved suspension (click to animate)

Lowest frequency vibration of experiment tank with improved suspension (click to animate)

 


 

Sierra Lobo will provide a CryoCube™ to NASA Kennedy Space Center for a CubeSat Launch Initiative mission

NASA CryoCube page:
http://kscpartnerships.ksc.nasa.gov/Partnering-Opportunities/Spacecraft-and-Payloads/Small-Payloads/CryoCube-1