Testing and Evaluating Deployment Profiles of the Canisterized Satellite Dispenser (CSD)

Stephen K. Tullino

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Planetary Systems Corporation (PSC) developed the Canisterized Satellite Dispenser (CSD) to provide a more secure and predictable deployment system for CubeSats of different sizes. The CSD is designed to provide predictable and consistent payload deployment performance. Though the CSD has proven its safety and reliability, there is still not enough data required to predict accurately CSD linear and angular deployment rates. In this research, various analytical models were developed, and their predictions were compared with respect to experimental deployments. Any errors were analyzed to tune the models to better understand the deployment dynamics and the variables that affect performance.