Implementation of COTS components for CubeSat applications

Alakh Sethi, Nanditha Gajanur, Kshitij Sandeep Sadasivan, Varun Thakurta, Bhagath Singh Cheela, Raunak Hosangadi

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This paper describes the design and testing of the power and communication subsystems for a 2U-class CubeSat. CubeSats have become popular for low cost and short lifetime experiments. A CubeSat requires a robust power system architecture, as well as an efficient communication topology to maintain the data link. CubeSats are powered by solar energy, and utilize batteries of a high charge density, usually Li-Ion, to store the extra energy. Newer technology in COTS allows highly efficient switching regulators with integrated switches to be used for reducing the footprint and minimizing heat dissipation. The availability of highly integrated transceiver modules eases system design with respect to communications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509016136
Publication statusPublished - 07-06-2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2017 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: 04-03-201711-03-2017


Conference2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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