ArduSat

Arduino Satellite ArduSat

ArduSat, short for "Arduino Satellite", is an educational nanosatellite built in the CubeSat form factor that carries a suite of sensors and a payload computer that can be reprogrammed while in space. The user-programmable payload computer is comprised of an array of Arduino processors (AVR processors), and can run code developed on the ubiquitous, open-source Arduino software development platform. ArduSats were invented with the purpose of creating an inexpensive, accessible development platform in space on which students, teachers, hobbyists, and researchers could affordably create and run their own custom-built experiments and applications.
Users can design their own space-based applications, experiments, and even space-games using the ubiquitous Arduino open-source prototyping platform. Once the application has passed ground testing on an ArduSat clone, users can upload their applications to the satellite’s payload computer in space, where it is watchdogged and maintained by the satellite’s main computer. From there, the applications are free to sample data from the payload sensors and bus, take pictures, and return data to the user’s web browser whenever the satellite is in range of a participating ground station. At the end of the user’s experiment period, which can be up to a week in length, any remaining data is downlinked and returned to the user. We have also developed free training videos that help users develop their space applications and are continually pushing open-source code out to the community to help coming up with the most inventive uses of space.
The satellite’s payload consists a suite of sensors, including an optical spectrometer, Geiger counter, atmospheric sensor, infrared sensor, accelerometer & gyro, magnetometer, sun sensor, electromagnetic wave sensor, dual-frequency GPS receiver (for ionospheric studies), a megapixel camera, and more. The sensors (and other telemetry values) are sampled by the user-generated programs running on the payload computer. ArduSat fits in the 1U CubeSat form factor, with a total mass of only 1.3kg and outer envelope of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm (excluding the deployable dipole antenna). The development of the first ArduSat, a 1U CubeSat with a prototype of the Arduino-based payload computer, began in April 2012 as a volunteer effort by four graduate students at the International Space University. In June 2012, the founders formed the ArduSat Inc, a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to make the ArduSat space development platform accessible and affordable to students. The ArduSat project was featured on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter where, in addition to raising substantial awareness and attracting nearly 700 private space enthusiasts as direct contributors, it raised enough support to fund the development of two 1U ArduSat satellites.



ArduSat 1

ArduSat-1

ArduSat is a miniature cubic satellite, measuring 10 cm along each edge and weighing about 1 kg. Onboard it will have a suite of 25+ sensors, including three cameras, a Geiger counter, spectrometer, magnetometer. The 1U cubesat was deployed from ISS on the 19 Nov 2013, 12:18 UTC.

NASA-Catalog: 39412

Beacon

437.000 MHz, CW

Downlink

437.325 MHz, 9k6 MSK, CCSDS encoding

Call

WG9XFC-1

Status

inactive

Orbital Parameter

NORAD                   39412
COSPAR designator       1998-067-DA 
Inclination             51.649
RA of A. Node           229.610
Eccentricity            0.0006629
Argument of Perigee     174.450
Revs per day            15.56174936
Period                  1h 32m 32s (92.53 min)
Semi-major axis         6 777 km
Perigee x Apogee        394 x 403 km
BStar (drag term)       0.000857330 1/ER
Mean anomaly            258.957

CW Telemetrie

Battery voltage (uint16_t), 
RX_counter (number of received valid data packets, uint32_t), 
TX_counter (number of sent valid data packets, uint32_t), “WG9XFC-1"

18 Dec 2013
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07:36:10 UTC  WG9XFC-1 E0
07:39:20 UTC  WG9XFC-1 A6.74
07:42:30 UTC  WG9XFC-1 D0

ArduSat

ArduSat-X

ArduSat-X is a miniature cubic satellite, measuring 10 cm along each edge and weighing about 1 kg. Onboard it will have a suite of 25+ sensors, including three cameras, a Geiger counter, spectrometer, magnetometer. The 1U cubesat was deployed from ISS on the 19 Nov 2013, 12:18 UTC.

NASA-Catalog: 39414

Beacon

437.005 MHz, CW

Downlink

437.345 MHz, 9k6 MSK, CCSDS encoding

Call

WG9XFC-X

Status

CW beacon active

Orbital Parameter

NORAD                   39414
COSPAR designator       1998-067-DC 
Inclination             51.650
RA of A. Node           229.602
Eccentricity            0.0007008
Argument of Perigee     173.487
Revs per day            15.56248332
Period                  1h 32m 31s (92.52 min)
Semi-major axis         6 777 km
Perigee x Apogee        394 x 403 km
BStar (drag term)       0.000861150 1/ER
Mean anomaly            259.435

CW Telemetrie

Battery voltage (uint16_t), 
RX_counter (number of received valid data packets, uint32_t),
TX_counter (number of sent valid data packets, uint32_t), “WG9XFC-X”

28 Dec 2013
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11:15 UTC wg9xfc-x e4791
12:44 UTC wg9xfc-x a8.34
12:47 UTC wg9xfc-x d2871
12:51 UTC wg9xfc-x e4791
14:23 UTC wg9xfc-x d2871
14:26 UTC wg9xfc-x e4791
14:30 UTC wg9xfc-x a8.33

ArduSat

ArduSat

ArduSat-2

ArduSat is a miniature cubic satellite, measuring 10 cm along each edge and weighing about 1 kg. Onboard it will have a suite of 25+ sensors, including three cameras, a Geiger counter, spectrometer, magnetometer. The 1U cubesat was deployed from ISS on the 19 Nov 2013, 12:18 UTC.

NASA-Catalog: tbd

Beacon

437.000 MHz, CW

Downlink

437.x MHz, 9k6 MSK, CCSDS encoding

Call

WG9XFC-2

Status

deployment from ISS (KIBO) on Feb 6



Links und weitere Informationen

http://www.nanosatisfi.com/
http://diyinspace.com/

Submitting a beacon packet

You can submit a beacon as plain text to nanosatisfi@gmail.com – be sure to put the word “packet” in the subject line so that we can parse it quickly.