SSIKLOPS

NASA Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) International Space Station (ISS) and Engineering communities in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP) developed a dedicated 50-100 kg class ISS small satellite deployment system. The system is known as Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS).  With SSIKLOPS, launching of 50-100kg is now possible. SSIKLOPS fills the payload deployment gap between small cubesat launchers and major payloads enabling a whole new range of payload possibilities.

Craig Technologies Aerospace Solutions (Craig) provides turnkey services to manage and execute the successful integration and on-orbit operations of satellite payloads using the Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS). SSIKLOPS fills the payload deployment gap between small cubesat launchers and major payloads by supporting the microsatellite market (50-100kg).

Craig’s offerings include operation, engineering, and manufacturing to provide full life-cycle payload support. This Mission Operations and Integration expertise includes the capabilities of the Craig ISS flight test platform which supports commercial payloads related to science, STEM, art and entertainment, data or any other commercial endeavor requiring an exterior location in unpressurized space.

SSIKLOPS utilizes NASA’s ISS resupply vehicles to launch small sats to the ISS in a controlled pressurized environment in soft stow bags. The satellites are then processed through the ISS pressurized environment by the astronaut crew allowing satellite system diagnostics prior to orbit insertion. Orbit insertion is achieved through use of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Experiment Module Robotic Airlock (JEM Airlock), and one of the ISS Robotic Arms.

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Satellite Interfaces/Requirements

The interface between SSIKLOPS and the satellite attaches to the satellite via 3 bolts. It has a mass of approximately 0.11 kg (0.25 lb).

Structural/Mechanical InterfaceThe satellite mounting interface to the experiment attachment fixture shall meet the Cyclops specified requirements
SurvivabilityThe satellite shall be capable of functioning after exposure to the external environment for no less than 10 hours unpowered
VolumeThe satellite shall meet the defined allowable envelope

SSIKLOPS interfaces with the JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table, the ISS Robotic Arms, and the deployable satellites. It has been designed to be able to be utilized for the duration of the ISS mission for deployments of satellites. It is roughly a 127 cm L x 61 cm W x 7.6 cm H (50” L x 24” W x 3” H) platform capable of deploying satellites of any geometry up to 100 kg (220 lb) in size contingent upon the satellites meeting all SSIKLOPS and ISS safety requirements.

Ballistic Number (BN)Satellite shall have a ballistic number of 100 kg/m2 or less. BN = Mass / (Frontal Area * Cd) where Cd=2.0
Center of Gravity (CG)Satellite shall meet the defined Cyclops’ defined CG corridor.*
Deployment ForceThe satellite shall be able to withstand the maximum force, 35lbf, applied from Cyclops at the deployment interface during deployment.
Electrical BondingThe satellite shall provide a Class S electrical bonding path to Cyclops.
ImpactThe satellite shall meet the ISS robotic arm potential transfer impact loads without creating debris
Inhibit Switch Contact SurfacesThe satellite shall maintain keep out zones with its inhibit switch locations and contact surfaces.
MassSatellite shall meet the mass of 100kg or less (includes the mass of the experiment attachment fixture).
SafetyThe satellite shall meet all ISS Payload Safety requirements.
Structural/Mechanical InterfaceThe satellite mounting interface to the experiment attachment fixture shall meet the Cyclops specified requirements
SurvivabilityThe satellite shall be capable of functioning after exposure to the external environment for no less than 10 hours unpowered.
VolumeThe satellite shall meet the defined allowable envelope.
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-1.00 to +1.002.00 to 14.20-1.00 to +1.00

SSIKLOPS User Maximum Envelope

The deployable payload shall be contained within the SSIKLOPS deployable payload envelope as shown below, Cyclops Deployable Payload Envelope.

SSIKLOPS Satellite Launch Process

Once a satellite deployment has been scheduled, SSIKLOPS will be removed from its on-orbit stowage bag and placed on the JEM Airlock Slide Table. The deployable satellite will be placed on SSIKLOPS. SSIKLOPS and its attached satellite will be processed through the JEM Airlock to the ISS external environment.

Upon completion of JEM Airlock operations SSIKLOPS and its attached satellite will be grasped by either the ISS robotic arm or the JEM robotic arm and transported to its predetermined deployment position.

SSIKLOPS will then deploy the satellite away from the ISS. After successful deployment of the satellite SSIKLOPS will be maneuvered back to the JEM Airlock and secured on the JEM Airlock Slide Table. JEM Airlock operations will be conducted bringing SSIKLOPS back inside the ISS where it will be removed from the JEM Airlock Slide Table and placed in its on-orbit stowage bag.

SpinSat Launched from Cyclops on ISS

WHY LAUNCH WITH CRAIG TECHNOLOGIES AND SSIKLOPS?

SSIKLOPS provides small satellites the infrastructure to be deployed from the ISS into orbit with minimal technical, environmental, logistical, and cost challenges

LOW COST

FREQUENT FLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

SMALL SATELLITE FOCUSED

COMPLETE END TO END ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT

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