Success Cases

High-performance on-board computer, data handling and SDR platform for cubesats.

Built upon the successful expertise of LISA Pathfinder, the 3Cat series cubesats (from UPC NanoSat Lab), Solar Orbiter and Gaia, the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) is designing and implementing a high-performance platform for cubesats with multipurpose uses that can be adapted to different commercial and scientific uses.

It provides a robust on-board computer with redundancy to control the spacecraft state and telecommands, a versatile software-defined radio based on a high end FPGA SoC providing high-speed downlink capabilities, a powerful on-board data handling system, and an efficient on-ground telecommand and basic data handling framework.

This solution will push the cubesat concept to its limits, allowing to achieve performances for which larger-sized missions would be required otherwise.

This work was granted by the the Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca of the Generalitat de Catalunya through project 2016 PROD 00076, including a percentage from European FEDER funds.

Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya