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REXUS: StrathSat-R

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StrathSEDS presents SAM & FRODO leaving the SHIRE, a mission set to launch in March 2013 on the ESA/DLR/SNSB REXUS sounding rocket.

The team has been selected as one of a handful of European university student teams for the ESA/DLR/SNSB REXUS programme.

Project involves deploying two CubeSat like structures from a rocket at 90km altitude and using them to test deployable space structures, the different sections of the experiment are detailed below.

The background behind the FRODO part of the experiment is the first stage of the StrathSat project aiming to develop and test a CubeSat de-orbiting device.

The StrathSat-R team comes from across departments at the University of Strathclyde with postgraduate and undergraduate students working together to complete this exciting project.

For more information on the project also see http://www.strathsat-r.moonfruit.com/.



Self-inflating Adaptive Membrane


SAM is designed as a demonstrator of the potential of shape changing structures. Aiming towards developing adaptive structures for CubeSat applications.  

Read more about SAM


Foldable Reflective system for Omni-altitude De-Orbiting


This pyramid sail is the first attempt to achieve the StrathSat mission design, which is being developed to increase the potential of CubeSats and the distance from which they can be brought back to Earth at the end of their mission. It shall be supported by inflatable booms and packaged on-board a CubeSat structure.

Read more about FRODO


Storage Housing In Rocket for Ejection


The SHIRE is built into a module which makes up the main rocket. A spring loaded contraption holds the two CubeSat payloads in place until the hatches are released, at which point the CubeSats are ejected and the two deployables above emerge.

Read more about SHIRE


Main Project Sponsor: Alumni Fund