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Payload 01 Information


Payload Flight Number:

2017 - 01
Institution:

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Payload Title:

Flight Test of GRID on the High Altitude X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Detector Testbed (HAXDT)

Student Leader:
  • Ricardo J. Saborio
  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics 110 Union ST, SE 107 Akerman Hall
  • Minneapolis,Minnesota 55455
  • Email:sabor001@umn.edu
Faculty Advisor:
  • Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
  • Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics 110 Union ST, SE 107 Akerman Hall
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
  • Email:gebre@umn.edu
  • Office:(612) 624 – 2305
  • Fax:(612) 626-1558
Payload class:
Small
Payload ID Number:
01
Mass:
2.9 kg
Current:
267 mA
Serial Commands:
NO
Discrete Commands:
NO
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/23/2017
Delivered:
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/04/2017
Actual:
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/28/2017
Delivered:
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/08/2017
Delivered:
Abstract:
The High Altitude X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Detector Testbed (HAXDT) is platform used for flight testing prototype sensors and sensing concepts for CubeSats. The HAXDT has a 3 U CubeSat form factor and is designed to interface with the High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) adapter plate. It hosts a flight computer, which is used to log data from the prototype sensor. The logged data is saved to solid-state hard drive, which is then analyzed after flight to assess the performance of the prototype sensor. On the 2017 HASP flight, the HAXDT will host the 4th generation (and major redesign from previous years) prototype of the Gopher Radiation Intensity Detector (GRID). Developed at the University of Minnesota, GRID is essentially a gamma-ray (and hard X-ray) detector optimized for making accurate positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) measurements. In operation, it will use signals of opportunity (e.g., naturally occurring gamma-ray emissions from sources such as Gamma-Ray Bursts or GRBs) as navigation and timing beacons similar to GPS satellites. Currently, GRID is at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4. The HASP 2017 flight test is a stepping-stone in preparation for an eventual CubeSat flight, which will have the goal of elevating the TRL to 7, where it is proven in a space environment.
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