INTRODUCTION• As researchers, we are constantly updating our ideas and ourprojects.• As part of our job we have been searching for new technologiesthat can help us complete our mission: space weather research.• In order to study the space weather we have searched for differentequipment and instruments that can provide important data to ourresearch. Some of these are: Arduino, KickSat and ArduSat
SPACE WEATHER?It is the concept of changing environmental conditions in near-between sun and earthspace. It is the description of changes in the ambient plasma, magnetic fields, radiation,and other matter in space caused by the sun.
WHAT THE ARDUSAT WILLUSE TO WORK?Some of the primary equipment onboard thesatellite will include Accelerometer, Gyroscope,Camera, Geiger Counter, Infrared Thermometer,Light Sensor, Magnetometer, Spectrometer, SunSensors (Photodiodes) and Temperature Sensors.
WHY AN ARDUSAT?• ArduSats are based on CubeSats, but CubeSats alone are still fairlyexpensive—a few hundred grand. ArduSats are cheaper satellites and moreaccessible that can be created by students or anyone interested in building asatellite.
CAN WE USE AN ARDUSAT TOSTUDY SPACE WEATHER?• Yes, the ardusat satellite has many sensors but the sensors that are used forthe ArduSat satellite depend on what are your expecting to analyze in yourinvestigation.• Also some CubeSats have been send to study Space Weather, like the RAXsatellite and the RAX II.• Since the ArduSat is a modificated CubeSat it can be modified to study theSpace Weather.
WHAT SENSORS WE CAN USE?• Special Sensor Auroral Particle Sensor• Special Sensor Ion & Electron Sensor• Special Sensor Magnetometer• Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager• Special Sensor Ultra-violet Spectrographic Imager
UPDATING OUR KICKSATKNOWLEDGE“The project”• When?• Who’s idea?• Who funded it?• Why?• The launch
• Antenas – is a V-shaped half wave dipole with a 50 ohmimpedance• Microcontroler – is a Texas Instrument MSP430, which is an ultra-low power 16-bit RISC mixed-signal microprocessors.• Transceiver – is a UHF (437 MHz) transceiver capable oftransmitting at a maximum power of 10 milliwatts.SPACECRAFT “SPRITE”HARDWARE
SPACECRAFT “SPRITE”HARDWARE• Magnetometer and Gyroscope – Vector sensors. Combiningthe information of both sensors, the sprite attitude determinationcan be calculated.• Solar Cells - TASC are made from the offcuts of larger square andoctagonal solar cells.
SPACECRAFT “SPRITE”COMMUNICATION SYSTEMRadio:• Signals from Sprites are being received using a Yagi antennawith an additional 23 decibels of attenuation between theantenna and the LNA.• Each Sprite is assigned a unique Gold Code• The frequencies assigned to the KickSat mission.• 437.240 MHz – Sprites• 2.4 GHz – KickSat
SPACECRAFT “SPRITE”COMMUNICATION SYSTEMGround Station:• Individuals and groups are encouraged to have their own.• Ground Stations will be based on GNU Radio• FUNcube Dongle antennas can be used
IN-PROCESS/FUTURE WORK• Installation and development of the different programming codes for eachsatellite project• Green House hardware design and creation• PROSSATeam Network Pages updates• Banner Printing• ArduSat modifications for space weather research• Arduino microcontrollers communication programming