Impacts of space plug-and-play technology on micro- and nano-satellites

T. Kuwahara, Y. Tomioka, K. Fukuda, Y. Sakamoto, K. Yoshida, J. Baeckstroem, F. Bruhn

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The Space Robotics Laboratory of Tohoku University has been investigating application method of Space Plug-and-Play technology for microsatellites together with AAC Microtec AB. The first and second micro-satellites RISING-1/-2 are carrying technology demonstration payloads for this purpose, and the functionality of the former one has been already verified in space environment. Accordingly SPA technology was applied to the real-life international scientific mission on the third micro-satellite RISESAT. Payload instruments of RISESAT were converted into SPA compatible devices. The result of application illustrated that SPA allows modular, reusable, and rapid system design approach. A CubeSat mission based on SPA technology where AAC Microtec AB is involved also successfully demonstrated correct performance in space environment. SPA technology is revealing its attractive capabilities to micro- and nano-satellites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Event19th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, ACA 2013 - Wurzburg, Germany
Duration: 2013 Sep 22013 Sep 6


  • CubeSat
  • Earth Observation
  • Micro-satellite
  • Scientific Missions
  • Space Plug-and-Play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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