SPARCCS

SPARCCS Mechanical Design

By Kenneth Vu, Manufacturing Introduction For the Spacecraft Radiation and Charging Cube Satellite (SPARCCS)  mission, the 3U chassis design must not only be able to provide optimum support and safety for critical subsystems and payload, but also allow future semesters the flexibility of upgrading or reworking the design per mission requirements. Currently, online vendors such […]

SPARCCS Software Design

By Michael Buescher, Mission, Systems, and Test Introduction The software is an integral part of our mockup CubeSat. The main goal of the mockup is to simulate measurements similar to those that a real CubeSat might measure. The software is responsible for reading from the sensors, formatting the data, and sending the data. My goal […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Microcontroller

By Zacharias Macias, Electronics and Control Introduction Determining the proper microcontroller is a matter of analyzing the needs of the project. Ideally, you want to select a microcontroller that will meet the requirements of your electronics without excessive features. Microcontrollers all differ from one another in memory, operating voltage, power consumption, UART communication capability, frequency […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Payload

By Nicholas Vuono, Project Manager Introduction The Spacecraft Radiation and Charging Cube Satellite (SPARCCS) Project serves the primary objective of measuring the space environment of geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO). It is the mission of SPARCCS to collect and transmit these data to continue to update the conditions of the GEO environment in order to confirm […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Attitude Control & Propulsion

By Michael Buescher, Mission, Systems, and Test Introduction Attitude control is the control of an object’s orientation in space. It is commonly needed for aiming antennas, solar panels, or other instruments. Typically, three axis stabilization is used, which is when the spacecraft is nudged back and forth to keep it steady on all three axes. […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Power Supply

By Zacharias Macias, Electronics and Controls Introduction With the upgrade from the 1U cube to the 3U cube, a new trade-off study is needed to be conducted to get a more effective power supply. Three different solar arrays will be looked at at an attempt to find the best possible solution. The first will be […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Communication Method

By Michael Buescher, Missions, System, and Test Introduction Most CubeSats launched have been placed in low Earth orbit (200km to 2,000km). Since we plan to send our satellite to geosynchronous Earth orbit (35,786km), we need to determine a unique way to communicate to a ground station. Laser Communication Laser communication is one solution to communicating […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Chassis Material

By Kenneth Vu, Manufacturing Introduction Given the design requirements as prescribed in our preliminary design document, the SPARCCS team will need to develop a chassis from aluminum capable of enduring the GEO (geosynchronous Earth orbit) space environment. While the method of manufacturing of CNC routing/milling has been decided upon, the material from which the chassis […]

SPARCCS Trade-Off Study: Chassis Manufacturing Method

By Kenneth Vu, Manufacturing Introduction Given the design requirements as prescribed in our preliminary design document, the SPARCCS Team will need to develop a chassis from aluminum capable of enduring the GEO space environment. Methods of manufacturing include 3D Printing (additive manufacturing) and CNC routing/milling (subtractive manufacturing). Each means of manufacturing has its advantages and […]

SPARCCS Preliminary Design Document & Project Plan

By SPARCCS Team Nicholas Vuono, Project Manager Michael Buescher, Mission, Systems & Test – Computer Systems & Software Zacharias Macias, Electronics and Control Division – Sensors, Actuators, & Power Kenneth Vu, Electronics and Control Division – Control & Image Processing   Mission Objectives/Profile By Nicholas Vuono, Project Manager Introduction Spacecraft charging is defined as the […]