Journal of Astronautics ›› 2021, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (9): 1067-1077.doi: 10.3873/j.issn.1000-1328.2021.09.002

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Review and Prospect of Small Satellite Structures

LIU Zhi quan, ZENG Hui zhong, QIU Hui, BAI Zhao guang, YANG Zhi   

  1. 1. Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering, China Academy of Space Technology, Beijing 100094, China;2.DFH Satellite Co., Ltd., Beijing 100094, China
  • Received:2020-10-13 Revised:2020-12-13 Online:2021-09-15 Published:2021-09-15

Abstract: The development status of small satellite structure is expounded from four aspects of structure configuration, structure material, structure connection style and structure evaluation. The characteristics and applicability of five kinds of structures are discussed: spherical or quasi spherical structure, box like panel structure, frame structure of cube satellite, special structure for particular requirements and multi function structure. Multiple development trends of small satellite structures are summarized: universal, miniaturized, specialized and multi functional. The suggestions on the development of small satellite structure material, connection and evaluation are proposed. This paper may provide a reference for creative evolution of small satellite structures.

Key words: Small satellite, Structure configuration, Structure material, Structure connection style, Structure evaluation

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