SPARCCS

Custom PCB Design: Layout and Assembly

By Eric Hanna (Design and Manufacturing) I review the process of creating the PCB layout from the completed schematic.

Software Design

By Jeremy Seiden (Mission, Systems, and Test) I walk through the software design on the dosimeter/SEU-detection instrument, from data flow block diagrams into packetization and reception at a ground research station.

Tradeoff Study: Cameras

By Eric Hanna (Design and Manufacturing) We conduct a trade-off study to decide between a CCD FPV camera and a CMOS camera for detecting single-event upsets (SEUs).

Trade-Off Study: PCB Form Factor

By Eric Hanna (Design and Manufacturing) I examine the pros and cons of Fall 2015’s PCB form factor versus the PC/104 standard.

Hardware Design

By Eric Hanna (Design and Manufacturing) I discuss and walk through the hardware design of the overall cube satellite, including an exploded view of the payload and of the entire chassis.

SPARCCS Spring 2016: Critical Design Review (CDR) Debrief

We present notes from our meeting with Mr. Gary Hill, the EE 400D instructor, following our CDR presentation.

SPARCCS Spring 2016: Preliminary Design Document

This document outlines the preliminary Level 1 and 2 requirements for the projects, subsystem engineer-made task breakdowns, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Preliminary Project Plan (PPP), a link to a Burn Down calculation/chart, and system resource and cost breakdowns.

SPARCCS Spring 2016: First Blog Post

By Mikhael Semaan (Project Manager), with contribution from Jeremy Seiden (Mission, Systems, and Test), Chelsea Mediavilla (Electronics and Control), and Eric Hanna (Design and Manufacturing).

We review our roles through Club-provided reference material and through previous semesters’ blog posts. From this review, we formulate preliminary Level 1 Requirements, hint at Level 2 Requirements, and provide ideas for the direction of our project towards achieving the Club’s goals.

SPARCCS Fall 2015 Summary Blog

By Nicholas Vuono, Project Manager 1. Introduction The Space Radiation and Charging Cube Satellite (SPARCCS) is a 3U cube satellite student project, operated and funded by the CSULB CubeSat Club. In direct response to the interests of the Space Environments Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (5132), this project seeks to provide space environment […]

SPARCCS Electronics Design

By: Zacharias Macias, Electronics and Control Objective SPARCCS must contain a Printed Circuit Board that contains or hold a connection to all sensors from the Atmega328 Microcontroller. These sensors include the Geiger Counter Radiation Sensor, the Piezo Vibration Sensors, the Lm34, and the 9 Degrees of Freedom Breakout Board. The PCB must also hold a […]