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ISIPOD CubeSat Deployer

Flight Heritage since 2013

Price on request

The ISIPOD is an affordable European launch adapter developed by ISIS for use with its ISILaunch Services to accommodate CubeSats onboard a large variety of launch vehicles. Yet it can also be purchased separately in case a CubeSat developer has arranged a launch independently. By design, the ISIPOD provides simple, well defined interfaces with the CubeSats internally and with the launch vehicle externally. During launch, the CubeSats are fully enclosed by the ISIPOD and are only dispensed upon signal by the launch vehicle.

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  • Features
  • Performance
  • Product properties
  • Packaging

Features

  • The ISIPOD is available in 1U, 2U, 3U and custom versions (e.g. 4U*, 5U* or additions such as a 0.5U).
    * the 3U is the largest version currently available off-the-shelf, however larger units are expected to follow soon.
  • The triple unit (3U) ISIPOD can be used for both dedicated 3U CubeSat launches and for shared CubeSat launches consisting of a combination of smaller-sized CubeSats (e.g. 2 x 1.5U, or 1U+2U, or 3x1U)
  • Access Panel:
    • One side of the ISIPOD allows for access to the integrated CubeSat. This is the side that is used for mounting the ISIPOD, and can be removed entirely. This means that the entire area between the guiderails over the entire CubeSat length can be accessed.
  • The ISIPOD inner additional envelope is 10.0 [mm] which allows for CubeSats to extend in lateral directions up to 9.0 [mm]**Compared to 6,5 [mm] of the CalPoly CubeSat interface standard.
  • The ISIPOD does not rely on a battery pack, nor does the ISIPOD need power to stay closed. Therefore charging of the ISIPOD is not necessary.
  • The Status System relies on redundant implemented deployment status switches.
  • The ISIPOD is compatible with most launch vehicle pyro pulse signals to operate its electrical actuator. This is a non-explosive device which is testable, resetable and reusable without refurbishments.

Performance

  • Release System operating values:
    • Typical Actuation Voltage = 28 V       (Range ± 4 V)
    • Typical Current Consumption = 1.75 A
    • Typical Pulse Duration = 250 ms
  • Thermal range:
    • Tsurvive_min: – 50 °C
    • Toperation_min: – 35 °C
    • Toperation_max: + 80 °C
    • Tsurvive_max: + 90 °C
  • Qualification Levels:
    • Quasi Static Load = 15.0 g
    • Sine Vibration = 4.0 g 10 Hz to 100 Hz
    • Random Vibration = 14.1 grms @ 3 sigma
    • Shock Load = 20 g @100 Hz; 2000 g @ 2 kHz; 6000 g @ 8 kHz
    • Fn greater than 90 Hz
  • Flight Heritage since 2013 on PSLV, Antares, Soyuz, Dnepr, LM-2D, Atlas5 …

Product Properties

  • Mass ISIPOD: 2.0 [kg]
  • Nominal Payload Mass: 3.0 [kg]
  • Maximum Payload Mass: 6.0 [kg] (=200%)
  • Outside envelope: 3U ISIPOD: 414.1 x 130.3 x 180.8 mm
  • Inner Envelope (CubeSat envelope) : 100 x 100 x 340.5 [mm]
  • Connectors (on ISIPOD):
    • Release System: Male DSUB9 Connector
    • Status System: Female DSUB9 Connector

Packaging

  • Shipped inside a PeliCase container with documentation