Graduation Project

Design of a low-cost CubeSat hinge

July 16, 2020

On July the 2nd Rick de Leeuw graduated at GTM on the design of a CubeSat solar panel deployment hinge.

Combining an injection moulded cover hinge and a Tape Spring Hinge (TSH) he created a low-cost hinge that thanks to its simple and inventive design allows for easy assembly and mounting. The hinge is suitable for the complete range of CubeSats from 1U up to 16U making it widely applicable.

A deployment test of the prototype was executed successfully.