Accession Number:

ADA501575

Title:

NPS-SCAT: A CubeSat Communications System Design, Test, and Integration

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

222.0

Abstract:

Telemetry, tracking, and command TTC systems on traditional small satellites have advanced significantly in capacity, throughput, and complexity over the last several decades. The CubeSat community is in need of similar advancements. The Naval Postgraduate School Solar Cell Array Tester NPS-SCAT seeks to provide the foundation for advances in future iterations of CubeSats at NPS. This thesis explains the design, test, and integration of a full TTC sub-system for NPS-SCAT. The satellite will have two TTC systems that provide full telemetry for the experiment through a primary communications channel and secondary telemetry through an amateur band beacon. The thesis explains the development of the concept of operations for the satellite that drove the data requirements provided by the TTC system. The thesis also explains the testing procedures of the transceiver and the design, test, and integration of the primary and secondary antennas. Finally, the thesis explains the frequency licensing process through the Navy-Marine Corps Spectrum Center and the Federal Communications Commission.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE