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A CubeSAT payload for in-situ monitoring of pentacene degradation due to atomic oxygen etching in LEO

Author
Gorreta, S.; Pons, J.; Lopez, G.; Figueras, E.; Jove-Casulleras, R.; Araguz, C.; Via, P.; Camps, A.; Dominguez, M.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Acta astronautica
Date of publication
2016-09-01
Volume
126
First page
456
Last page
462
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.06.028 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/100363 Open in new window
URL
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576516303757 Open in new window
Abstract
This paper reports and discusses the design and ground tests of a CubeSat payload which allows to measure, in-situ and in real time, the degradation of a polymer of electronic interest due to atomic oxygen etching in LEO. It provides real-time information on how the degradation occurs, eliminating the need to work with samples recovered once the mission has finished. The polymer, TIPS-Pentacene, is deposited on the surface of a microelectromechanical (MEMS) cantilever, which works as a resonator...
Citation
Gorreta, S., Pons, J., Lopez, G., Figueras, E., Jove-Casulleras, R., Araguz, C., Via, P., Camps, A., Dominguez, M. A CubeSAT payload for in-situ monitoring of pentacene degradation due to atomic oxygen etching in LEO. "Acta astronautica", 1 Setembre 2016, vol. 126, p. 456-462.
Keywords
Atomic oxygen, MEMS, Nano-satellites, Polymer degradation, Pulsed digital oscillators
Group of research
MNT - Micro and Nanotechnologies Research Group
RSLAB - Remote Sensing Lab

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