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SMARD is an acronym for Shape Memory Alloy Reusable Deployment Mechanism. We are devloping a hold-down-release-mechanism for solar panels on CubeSats, which will be tested on the REXUS 17/18 rocket.
We are using shape memory alloys for the actuation of the mechanism. These alloys have very special properties, they can change their shape in case of heating up. Thereby they can transmit strong forces even at small sizes. This effect will be used for the mechanism.