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 (D3S3) is a deployable compact selfie camera designed for space applications. It is a camera system that deploys a commercial selfie camera to a distance of 80cm. When triggered, the boom carrying the camera module is released and extends until its end position. It is easily resettable, easy to use, and readily available.
The DCUBED Nano Pin Puller Nut (nD3PP) is a compact linear actuator with space heritage providing a smooth and reliable trigger on orbit. It is a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) based release actuator which locks sensitive equipment during launch and safely releases it on orbit. The nD3PP is one of the smallest, yet powerful space-qualified HDRM solutions on the market. Moreover, it is easily field-resettable, easy-to-use, and readily available as a COTS part.
The DCUBED Nano Release Nut (nD3RN) is a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) based release actuator that locks sensitive equipment during launch and safely releases it on orbit. It is one of the smallest, yet powerful space-qualified HDRM solutions on the market. It is easily resettable (on-ground, in-space), easy-to-use and readily available as a COTS part.