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CubeSat Array for Detection of RF Emissions from Exoplanets using Inter-Satellite Optical Communicators

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dc.contributor.author Velazco, Jose
dc.contributor.author de Kok, Martijn
dc.contributor.author Bentum, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-01T20:31:52Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-01T20:31:52Z
dc.date.issued 2020-03-07
dc.identifier.citation 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 7-14, 2020
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#19-8138
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/51126
dc.description.abstract We are presenting a CubeSat mission concept wherein a large number of small spacecraft furnished with Ultra-Long Wavelength (ULW) observation antennas is to be implemented to synthesize a large aperture for detecting ULW emissions from selected exoplanets. The CubeSat Array for the Detection of RF Emissions from Exoplanets (CADRE) concept involves the placement of a swarm arrangement of CubeSats into small amplitude Lissajous orbits around the Earth-Moon L2 point. In addition to the ULW receivers, each CADRE CubeSat will be furnished with a novel omnidirectional optical communicator which should allow data sharing at gigabit per second data rates. In this paper we discuss the science goals, potential architecture and key technical challenges of an eventual CADRE implementation. We present the estimated interferometer specifications needed to detect Exoplanet RF emissions, CubeSat orbits and formations as well as CubeSat design considerations. Special focus is placed on the design of the mission-enabling inter-CubeSat optical cross link which allows for fast sharing of the detected RF signals for subsequent correlation.
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2020
dc.title CubeSat Array for Detection of RF Emissions from Exoplanets using Inter-Satellite Optical Communicators
dc.type Preprint


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