SAMSON– SAtellite Mission for Swarming and GeOlocatioN

Idan Agamy, Anton Astanovsky, Asaf Feniger, Ohad Shalev, Eran Shoshani and Or Tabach
Jacob Herscovitz, RAFAEL
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SAMSON is an ongoing student project led by the Technion and supported by RAFAEL, IAI and other partners. SAMSON shall include three nano-satellites (based on the CubeSat standard) and will be worldwide first cluster flight mission of satellites. The mission is set to launch at 2015/2016, and is planned for at least one year in low earth orbit (LEO).
SAMSON project has two main goals:

  1. Demonstrate long-term autonomous cluster flight of multiple satellites.
  2. Determine the position of a terrestrial emitter (geolocation).

The 2013-2014 SAMSON Student Project consisted of a group of 4th year students from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion. The students took part in engineering, designing and analyzing several of the satellite’s sub-systems. During 2 semesters, the student group worked on five of the project’s sub systems:

  • Geolocation- Developing estimation algorithm in order to locate the position of electromagnetic emitter.
  • Combined system simulation- Simulating the full SAMSON space and ground segments and processes.
  • Post Launch Separation- Estimating the fuel consumptions results from the velocity and directions of the satellites at the moment of separation from the launcher.
  • Sun sensors- Simulating the time of sun acquisition depending on the sun sensors alignment.
    • Structure Analysis- Satellite frame strength analysis.