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Satellite TT and C For Cubesats-with Applications for Grissom-1


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The Grissom-1 mission (GM1), slated to launch in 2023, is the first in a series of 6-Unit CubeSat satellites built and operated by the Air Force Institute of Technologys(AFITs) Center for Space Research and Assurance (CSRA). The GM1 is unique inthat it represents the pathfinder for a standardized 6U bus that may be replicatedfor future missions to host a variety of technical and scientific payloads, as prioritizedby the Department of Defense (DoD), requiring flight demonstration or access to theorbital environment. Mission success for GM1 depends on a comprehensive campaignof testing and assessment to confirm the components, design, and assembly of allsystems and subsystems within the satellite. This thesis specifically focuses on thetesting and analysis of all communication links between the spacecraft, the groundsystem, and the Satellite Operations Center (SOC). Specific to the GM1, analysis isperformed on the spacecrafts Cadet software-defined radio (SDR) and its communication capabilities with the Mobile CubeSat Command and Control (MC3) network,the NI USRP-2292 ground station SDR, and COSMOS Command and Control (C2)software. Testing and assessment occurred in both lab settings and simulated operational scenarios.



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