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High-performance spacecraft platform for CubeSat remote sensing (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Daniel Hegel

Paper Abstract

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has developed a family of high-performance, turn-key spacecraft platforms (3U, 6U, and 12U) that provide all the necessary features to support remote sensing. The spacecraft core is BCT’s powerful XB1 avionics. The XB1 (currently baselined in multiple spacecraft for various government and commercial customers, such as TEMPEST-D, NASA Invest, and PlanetiQ constellation) provides all C and DH, ADCS, EPS, and Software functionality in a 1U package, which maximizes available volume for the payload and propulsion. The ability to orient the XB-1 avionics cube in a number of directions within the spacecraft, provides the user with a wide range of mission configurations and flight orientations. The XB1 ADCS utilizes dual star trackers (with integrated stray-light baffles), which provide the highest-precision pointing available for CubeSats. The high-precision pointing and precision GPS and time-keeping maximizes payload data collection quality, and allows body-pointing of high-data-rate RF or laser-comm downlink systems. BCT’s X-band RF downlink system can provide 50Mbps, and licensed third-part laser comm provides over 2Gbps. BCT’s highly-configurable solar panel deployment system (and optional solar array drive) provides up to 85W of spacecraft power. The XB1 EPS performs all charge control, and provides switched, regulated voltages to the payload. Battery capacity can be as high as 75 Watt-hours. The sophisticated command and telemetry system supports 1000s of stored commands, macro command lists, multiple telemetry maps, and a table-driven scripting language to easily customize fault detection/response and autonomy without the need for code loads. The platform can accommodate propulsion as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 December 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9978, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing, 99780J (7 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238524
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Daniel Hegel, Blue Canyon Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9978:
CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing
Thomas S. Pagano, Editor(s)

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