Session

Pre-Conference Workshop Session I: Advanced Concepts I

Location

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Abstract

In 2019, a new project to standardize the CubeSat electrical interface started based on the heritage of the small satellite related standard activities, such as ISO-19683 (testing) and ISO-TS-20991 (requirements). The project aims at registering at new work item at ISO/TC20/SC14 in summer 2021 by summer 2021 and publish the standard by fall 2024. Discussion has been made utilizing various gathering opportunities of the CubeSat community. A survey on the CubeSat interface has been distributed the CubeSat community to collect the satellite developers’ experience and desires regarding the interface, and the CubeSat vendors’ reality and desires. A research work to identify the difficulties associated integrating CubeSat components from different vendors is on-going. Initial finding suggest that clear definition of interface related information, especially the digital data communication, in the user manual is really needed. A framework of the standard has been drafted, which is mainly made of four parts. (1) Interface among components, (2) Interface between CubeSat bus (platform) and mission payloads, (3) Document specification to describe the information related to component interface, (4) Document specification to describe the information related to CubeSat bus (platform) interface.

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Aug 1st, 12:00 AM

CubeSat Electrical Interface Standardization for Faster Delivery and More Mission Success

Utah State University, Logan, UT

In 2019, a new project to standardize the CubeSat electrical interface started based on the heritage of the small satellite related standard activities, such as ISO-19683 (testing) and ISO-TS-20991 (requirements). The project aims at registering at new work item at ISO/TC20/SC14 in summer 2021 by summer 2021 and publish the standard by fall 2024. Discussion has been made utilizing various gathering opportunities of the CubeSat community. A survey on the CubeSat interface has been distributed the CubeSat community to collect the satellite developers’ experience and desires regarding the interface, and the CubeSat vendors’ reality and desires. A research work to identify the difficulties associated integrating CubeSat components from different vendors is on-going. Initial finding suggest that clear definition of interface related information, especially the digital data communication, in the user manual is really needed. A framework of the standard has been drafted, which is mainly made of four parts. (1) Interface among components, (2) Interface between CubeSat bus (platform) and mission payloads, (3) Document specification to describe the information related to component interface, (4) Document specification to describe the information related to CubeSat bus (platform) interface.