The 2D air puck project is an integration experiment for the UW Dawgstar nanosatellite. It will be used to test the compatibility between the major Dawgstar subsystems. The air puck rides on a nearly frictionless surface created by an air cushion. This will allow three degrees of freedom, and simulates a two dimensional space environment. Many of the actual design components from Dawgstar will be incorporated into this experiment to ensure easy system integration.
The air puck will use an onboard air supply to generate a cushion of air which will give the effect of a frictionless surface. It has a maximum operation time of two hours before the 3000 psi air supply needs to be refilled. The 2D experiment propulsion system will include eight air powered thrusters instead of mPPTs.
This experimental model weighs approximately six pounds, and has an overall cost of less than
Experiments will consist of standard station keeping and position and attitude
recognition. It will also be used to simulate formation flying and other