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The use of deployables in space – with DCUBED


A discussion of NewSpace applications and deployable sub-systems – with DCUBED

A conversation about the opportunities that deployable systems and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products are bringing to the space industry.

In this episode we speak with Thomas Sinn of Deployables Cubed (DCUBED) – a Munich-based NewSpace company, and satsearch member, specializing in the development of deployable components and sub-systems for small satellites. We discuss:

  • The use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components in satellites
  • How to standardize and develop an existing product so that it can be considered a COTS system
  • What space companies can do to industrialize processes and develop product portfolios to meet demand
  • What capabilities and opportunities deployable systems can bring to satellite missions, and what the trade-offs can be

About DCUBED’s products

The DCUBED Space Selfie Stick is a deployable, compact selfie camera, providing an out-of-this-world perspective of your space mission. The Space Selfie Stick is a compact, 80 cm, self-unfurling boom (essentially acting as an extendable arm) with a commercial selfie camera on its end.

The DCUBED Nano Pin Puller (nD3PP) is a compact, linear actuator with space heritage providing a smooth and reliable trigger on orbit. The nD3PP is a pin puller for small satellites, nanosatellites and other form factor systems. Applications range from triggering the release of deployable structures, such as solar arrays or antennas, to CubeSat deployers.

The DCUBED Nano Release Nut (nD3RN) is a space-proven, easy-to-use release actuator for compact space mechanisms. The nD3RN is a release nut for small satellites, nanosatellites and other form factor systems. It is used for satellite Hold Down and Release Mechanisms (HDRMs) that release the satellite from the launcher and in various other applications where a joint connection needs to be separated, for example when deploying a rover from a lander.

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