Date of Award:

5-2020

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Charles M. Swenson

Co-Advisor/Chair:

Jonathan Phillips

Third Advisor:

Ryan Davidson

Abstract

The Scintillation Prediction Observation Research Task (SPORT) is a joint United States of America (USA) and Brazil small satellite mission to address the further under-standing of the preconditions leading to equatorial plasma bubbles. Utah State University (USU) is supplying four instruments towards this SPORT mission. These four instruments will allow measurements of the electric field and plasma density in the ionosphere which will help understand what gives rise to plasma bubbles in the ionosphere.

This thesis will discuss the command, control, and telemetry communications needed to operate the SPORT USU instruments. It will cover an overview of the instruments involved, how the instruments are controlled specifically, what commands were needed to run the instruments, what telemetry data was produced and how it was transmitted to the ground station, and how the data is made useful. The design process, challenges, and solutions to this system and project will also be discussed.

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