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Invented by Dr. Michael Pravica, a physics professor at UNLV, Doped Poly-CO is onboard RebelSat-1. The team developed the photoluminescence spectroscopy test that will conduct our experiment in orbit. This leads us to the question: is Doped Poly-CO a stable substance in space?
Results of the test will be transmitted to RebelSat's ground station at UNLV. If Doped Poly-CO is stable, the result of the photoluminescence test will be constant throughout orbit and our results will reflect that.
DOPED POLYMERIC CARBON MONOXIDE (DOPED POLY-CO)
Doped Poly-CO Measurements in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
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Doped Poly-CO is a wide bandgap semi conducter, meaning that with further development it has the potential to act as a material for a diode or transistor. If Doped Poly-CO is stable in orbit, the cost of space hardware can be drastically reduced by using this material to develop space grade electronics.
Phasing out from on-earth testing to in-orbit is no simple challenge. The test setup must remain stable throughout the duration of the mission. Developing and testing an optical cage to hold all components securely is a must.
Designed to contain a laser, spectrometer, and our flight sample of Doped Poly-CO, our optical cage is custom designed to meet RebelSat-1's requirements and withstand vibrational conditions during launch and detumbling.
PAYLOAD OPTICAL CAGE
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