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Additive manufactured structures for the 12U nanosatellite ERNST

: Schimmerohn, Martin; Bierdel, Marius; Gulde, Max; Sholes, Darren; Pfaff, Aron; Pielok, Michael; Hoschke, Klaus; Horch, Clemens; Schäfer, Frank

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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics -AIAA-, Washington/D.C.; Utah State University -USU-, Logan/Utah:
32nd Annual AIAA/USU Small Satellite Conference 2018. Online resource : Logan, Utah, August 6-9, 2018
Logan/Utah, 2018
5 pp.
Small Satellite Conference <32, 2018, Logan/Utah>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer EMI ()

One of the emerging technologies in recent years is additive manufacturing. It promises unprecedented design freedom in both modeling and rapid manufacturing. We are reaping the benefits of additive manufacturing for our 12U nanosatellite ERNST by printing the optical bench that supports the spacecraft payloads. We design the structures by using a finite-element numerical approach for optimizing the topology with respect to 1) available design space, 2) payload interfaces, 3) mechanical launch loads, and 4) thermal loads generated by the cryocooler of the MWIR main payload. We cope with the latter by integrating a pyramidal structured radiator surface in the optical bench as a functional element. Making use of the selective laser melting technique, we manufactured the first version of the optical bench for the engineering model of the ERNST spacecraft from AlSi10Mg alloy. Vibrational testing proved the suitability of our multidisciplinary design approach and the production quality. We are currently implementing the next version of the ERNST optical bench including spacecraft design changes and using Scalmalloy®, a material developed for additive manufacturing that provides high tensile strength and low thermal expansion. This marks a next step on the way to the application of additive manufactured components in space