Surviving Orbit the DIY Way
Testing the Limits Your Satellite Can and Must Match
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 92

Is your picosatellite ready for launch? Can it withstand rocket thrusts and the vacuum of space? This do-it-yourself guide helps you conduct a series of hands-on tests designed to check your satellite’s readiness. Learn precisely what the craft and its electronic components must endure if they’re to function properly in Low Earth Orbit.

The perfect follow-up to DIY Satellite Platforms (our primer for designing and building a picosatellite), this book also provides an overview of what space is like and how orbits work, enabling you to set up the launch and orbit support you’ll need.

  • Go deep into the numbers that describe conditions your satellite will face
  • Learn how to mitigate the risks of radiation in the ionosphere
  • Pick up enough formal systems engineering to understand what the tests are all about
  • Build a thermal vacuum chamber for mimicking environment of space
  • Simulate the rocket launch by building and running a vibration shake test
  • Use a homebuilt centrifuge to conduct high G-force tests
  • Get guidelines on scheduling tests and choosing an appropriate lab or clean room
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    Comments about oreilly Surviving Orbit the DIY Way:

    I bought the book as it looked interesting and price was right. The book is part of DIY Satellite book series by Sandy Antunes.

    I'm a astroparticle physicist working on related field but not involved in satellite missions. I wanted to learn a bit about satellites and bought this book.

    The book was well written and informative. There was just the correct amount of humor in the book. The description of needs for testing setup goes for anything which needs to survive without human interaction for period of a time. The book provides a lots of tips for doing this survivability testing for many different challenges. Among the challenges met by satellite are low pressure, extreme temperatures (hot and low), vibrations, and radiation. Many of these challenges are met also in stuff used here in the planet and same test methods can be used. The methods provided in the book are such that almost anybody can build the test rigs and to the tests. Even if you need to test something not covered in the book you can follow the testing guidelines and come up with your own test rig.

    I recommend this book for anybody interested in satellites and survivability testing.

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