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Low cost and high performance on-board computer for picosatellite
Author(s): T. Rajkowski; R. Graczyk; M. C. Palau; P. Orleański
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Paper Abstract

This work presents new design of an on-board computer utilizing COTS, non-space qualified components. Common attributes of already used computers for pico- and nanosatellites are presented as well, and the need for new solutions of on-board computer for such satellites (concentrating on CubeSat satellites) is explained. Requirements for electronic devices which are sent to low Earth orbit in CubeSats are described widely. Finally, first version of architecture of onboard computer for CubeSat is presented (PICARD project – Picosatellite Computer Architecture Development). Computer utilizes two processing units - primary: low power unit (ATmega128 microcontroller) and secondary: high performance unit (Spartan-6, SRAM FPGA). Basic features of these devices are presented, clarifying the choice of these units to the project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8454, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2012, 84540J (7 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.2000237
Show Author Affiliations
T. Rajkowski, Astri Polska sp.z o.o. (Poland)
Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
R. Graczyk, Astri Polska sp.z o.o. (Poland)
Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
M. C. Palau, Astri Polska sp.z o.o. (Poland)
P. Orleański, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8454:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2012
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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