Session

Technical Poster Session 3: Communications

Location

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Abstract

In 2008, Florida International University researchers proposed the world's first Cubesat to Commercial Satellite Network Inter-Satellite Link and created a payload, called PicoPanther, to move data from Cubesats to the Iridium Network. In the years following, dozens of satellites have used the Cubesat to Iridium/Globalstar payload concept and the amount of constellations in Orbit that can be used for Cubesat Inter-satellite links have grown. Cubesats using commercial constellations for communications have the benefit of near instant communication with their Cubesats for health monitoring and data transfer without relying on a global network of gateways. This poster describes software that maximizes Cubesat to Commercial Inter-satellite link contact time under user programmable constraints and automates link decision choices for Cubesats that have multiple constellations in view. The software methods described are applied to a variety of constellation choices currently available and planned.

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Aug 7th, 12:00 AM

Optimizing Communications for Cubesats to Commercial Constellations

Utah State University, Logan, UT

In 2008, Florida International University researchers proposed the world's first Cubesat to Commercial Satellite Network Inter-Satellite Link and created a payload, called PicoPanther, to move data from Cubesats to the Iridium Network. In the years following, dozens of satellites have used the Cubesat to Iridium/Globalstar payload concept and the amount of constellations in Orbit that can be used for Cubesat Inter-satellite links have grown. Cubesats using commercial constellations for communications have the benefit of near instant communication with their Cubesats for health monitoring and data transfer without relying on a global network of gateways. This poster describes software that maximizes Cubesat to Commercial Inter-satellite link contact time under user programmable constraints and automates link decision choices for Cubesats that have multiple constellations in view. The software methods described are applied to a variety of constellation choices currently available and planned.