CubeSat Handbook

CubeSat Handbook

From Mission Design to Operations

1st Edition - September 22, 2020

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  • Editors: Chantal Cappelletti, Simone Battistini, Benjamin Malphrus
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128178850
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128178843

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CubeSat Handbook: From Mission Design to Operations is the first book solely devoted to the design, manufacturing, and in-orbit operations of CubeSats. Beginning with an historical overview from CubeSat co-inventors Robert Twiggs and Jordi Puig-Suari, the book is divided into 6 parts with contributions from international experts in the area of small satellites and CubeSats.  It covers topics such as standard interfaces, on-board & ground software, industry standards in terms of control algorithms and sub-systems, systems engineering, standards for AITV (assembly, integration, testing and validation) activities, and launch regulations. This comprehensive resource provides all the information needed for engineers and developers in industry and academia to successfully design and launch a CubeSat mission. 

Key Features

  • Provides an overview on all aspects that a CubeSat developer needs to analyze during mission design and its realization
  • Features practical examples on how to design and deal with possible issues during a CubeSat mission
  • Covers new developments and technologies, including ThinSats and PocketQubeSats


Aerospace engineers, MA and PhD students, space design engineers; CubeSat developers

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Systems Engineering Applied to CubeSats
    Part II: CubeSat missions analysis and design

    1. Applied astrodynamics
    2. CubeSat missions and applications
    3. CubeSat Science Instruments
    4. Interplanetary CubeSat Missions
    5. Distributed CubeSat Mission Concepts
    6. Constellations and formation flying
    7. CubeSats for Microbiology and Astrobiology Research
    Part III: CubeSat Subsystems Design and Modelling
    8. Structure, new materials and new manufacturing technologies
    9. Electric Power Systems
    10. On Board Data Handling Systems
    11. Telemetry, Tracking, and Command
    12. Onboard software
    13. Orbit Determination and Control Systems
    14. Attitude Determination and Control Systems
    15. Propulsion systems
    16. Thermal control systems
    Part IV: CubeSat Assembly, Integration, Testing and Verification
    Part V: CubeSat Ground Segment and Operations

    17. Ground segment
    18. Ground station networks
    19. In-Space Operations
    20. CubeSats and Orbital Debris
    Part VI: Getting CubeSats to Space
    21. Launching a CubeSat - Rules, laws and best practise
    22. Overview of CubeSat deployers
    23. Launch vehicles overview
    24. Launch from ISS

Product details

  • No. of pages: 498
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: September 22, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128178850
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128178843

About the Editors

Chantal Cappelletti

Dr. Chantal Cappelletti is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham, where she is affiliated with the Nottingham Geospatial Institute and Gas Turbine & Transmissions Research Centre. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Brasilia (Brazil) and a visiting researcher at Morehead State University (USA). She is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics and chairwoman of the IAA Latin American CubeSat workshop. She is a co-founder of the Italian company GAUSS Srl, whose main business is small satellite components and launch providers. As CEO of the company, she procured the launch of several satellites from different countries and the first PocketQubeSat launch ever. She has led 6 satellite projects involving students from different countries and universities. Her activities focus mainly on small satellites and educational programs, with specific interests also on Space Debris and Biomedical research in space. Recently she established the UoN CubeSat program, involving students from different disciplines and faculties. Currently, Dr Chantal and her team are working on 4 satellite projects (leading on two of these), and has several international collaborations in Europe, Brazil, Russia and United States. She is authors of more than 50 publications and co-editor of the "CubeSat Handbook: from mission analysis to operation

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, UK

Simone Battistini

Simone Battistini received his BSc (2006) and MSc (2009) degrees in Control System Engineering and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy). Dr Battistini is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University (UK). He has been working in the field of Aerospace Engineering both at academic and industrial level, having served on the faculty of the University of Brasília (Brazil) and on the staff of MBDA Italy. In 2017 he was a visiting professor at the University of Vigo (Spain). He was the principal or co-principal investigator on 4 projects concerning aerospace systems funded by Brazilian public institutions. His main research interests are related to guidance, navigation and control of aerospace systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Benjamin Malphrus

Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus is Professor of Space Science at Morehead State University where he also directs the University’s Space Science Center. He served as project director of the design and construction of the 13 M Morehead Radio Telescope and more recently the 21 M Space Tracking Antenna operated by the center. He has served on the scientific staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as visiting scientist at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and on the faculty of universities including the University of South Carolina and West Virginia University. He is author of a book on the evolution of instrumentation in radio astronomy. He has initiated and participated in numerous educational initiatives including the development of space science and astrophysics degree programs at Morehead State University. Dr. Malphrus has served as Principal Investigator on several nanosatellite missions including KySat-1, KySat-2, the Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite (CXBN), CXBN-2, TechSat-1, DM-7, and Lunar IceCube, and has had various roles on other microsatellite missions. Seven of these satellite missions have flown in space to date. He currently leads an effort (supported by NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems) to upgrade the 21 meter ground station at Morehead State to become the NASA Deep Space Network node for interplanetary smallsats. He and his team was awarded a $24million program by NASA in 2016 to develop and send a space probe (Lunar IceCube) to the Moon to investigate the transport physics of lunar volatiles including water ice. Lunar IceCube will launch on the maiden voyage of NASA’s newest rocket- the Space Launch System, that, when it launches in 2020, will be the largest rocket launched in the history of the space program. Dr. Malphrus has published papers in scientific journals on topics ranging from extragalactic astrophysics to instrumentation in radio astronomy, to space systems engineering. He has managed over 100 grant projects totaling over $34 million and negotiated transfers and gifts of scientific equipment to the university totaling over $7 million. In 1994, 1995, and 1996 Dr. Malphrus was awarded the NASA JOVE research fellowship for research in the structure and kinematics of gravitationally interacting galaxies. This research led to the discovery of the first genuinely young galaxy ever observed in an interacting field, NGC 5291-B. Recently, Dr. Malphrus has been involved in promoting, capitalizing, designing, and constructing a $15.6 million state-of-the-art research, development, and education center for the space science program. In the late 1990s, Dr. Malphrus developed a theory of galaxy formation that has gained wide acceptance among the astronomical community.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director of Space Science Center, Professor of Space Science, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, USA

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