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Smartphone Qualification & Linux-based Tools for CubeSat Computing Payloads

Bridges, Christopher, Yeomans, B, Iacopino, C, Frame, TE, Schofield, A, Kenyon, S and Sweeting, Martin (2013) Smartphone Qualification & Linux-based Tools for CubeSat Computing Payloads In: IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference 2013, 2013-03-02 - 2013-03-09, Big Sky, MT USA.

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Abstract

Modern computers are now far in advance of satellite systems and leveraging of these technologies for space applications could lead to cheaper and more capable spacecraft. Together with NASA AMES’s PhoneSat, the STRaND-1 nanosatellite team has been developing and designing new ways to include smart-phone technologies to the popular CubeSat platform whilst mitigating numerous risks. Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) have led in qualifying state-of-the-art COTS technologies and capabilities - contributing to numerous low cost satellite missions. The focus of this paper is to answer if 1) modern smart-phone software is compatible for fast and low cost development as required by CubeSats, and 2) if the components utilised are robust to the space environment. The STRaND-1 smart-phone payload software explored in this paper is united using various open-source Linux tools and generic interfaces found in terrestrial systems. A major result from our developments is that many existing software and hardware processes are more than sufficient to provide autonomous and operational payload object-to-object and filebased management solutions. The paper will provide methodologies on the software chains and tools used for the STRaND-1 smartphone computing platform, the hardware built with space qualification results (thermal, thermal vacuum, and TID radiation), and how they can be implemented in future missions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Bridges, ChristopherC.P.Bridges@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Yeomans, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Iacopino, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Frame, TEUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schofield, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kenyon, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sweeting, MartinM.Sweeting@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 9 March 2013
Identification Number : 10.1109/AERO.2013.6497349
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/PBLIEEE, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : CubeSat, Smartphone, Satellite, Space, Computing, Linux
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Aug 2017 09:37
Last Modified : 16 Aug 2017 09:39
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/766681

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