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UT Nanosatellite Constellations for Space Science Applications Utah State University/NASA Glenn Research Center, Space Technology Mission Directorate

This research addresses issues of sampling and communication strategies to enable constellations of small satellites. The research is aligned with the strategic plans of the NASA Science Mission Directorate, particularly with the Heliophysics Division’s (HD) 2009 Roadmap and the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) Communication and Navigation Systems 2010 Roadmap. To accomplish the research goals, a team involving industry, not-for-profit, academia, and government entities were assembled. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Utah

Testing of updated Cadet radios for new missions. Using I-CaSt hardware for evaluation of the new radios.

SDL Demo-Days Presentation

Dr. Jacob Gunther, Science PI, Utah State University

State University is leading this effort with team members consisting of L-3 Communications, the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory, and NASA Glenn Research Center. In 2013, collaboration begun between the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) on the Mobile CubeSat Command and Control (MC3) project. The efforts of this team to provide high-data rate flight radios and the ground station system for control and communication is having numerous impacts in the small satellite community. MIT/Lincoln Labs is testing and verifying Cadet radios for flight and developing a communications architecture that will go into future proposals. The team is also supporting the community by providing our software using an open-source model. The ground station system known as the InControl Cadet Station (I-CaSt) is being used in or considered for use in a number of upcoming missions: Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration CubeSat (MiRaTA), Double-probe Instrument for Measuring E-fields (DIME), Top-side Ionospheric Sounder (TIS), HyperAngular Rainbow Polarimeter CubeSat (HARP), and MIT’s MicroMAS CubeSat project.

Dr. Rainee N. Simons, PhD, NASA Technical Monitor, Glenn Research Center, SMD

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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