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Small satellite ground station

The ground station is designed to communicate with satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that operate. The frequency bands covered are S-band, UHF, and VHF. The transceiver makes use of a software defined radio (SDR), providing flexibility to swiftly reconfigure modulation/coding/data-rate on the run. It is also used for testing and integration of several CubeSats under development in the lab.

Some of the noteworthy equipment under this facility are:

  • Radios supporting VHF/UHF/S-band
  • Full sky Az-El control for tracking satellites in LEO
Class 10,000 soft wall clean room

Having any particles or residue on a component part of a satellite or spacecraft has the potential to degrade the performance of the system. The cleanroom, therefore, filters out unwanted particles by feeding in HEPA-filtered air in through air vents and drawing away dirty air through floor-level vents. The cleanroom is also kept at a positive pressure that prevent the ingress of outside air. It provides a clean environment for assembly, integration and testing of CubeSats.

Some of the noteworthy equipment under this facility are:

  • ESD equipment
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Power supplies
  • Laminar flow benches
Space thermal environment simulation system

This equipment is used to recreate the vacuum and temperature conditions that CubeSats will experience in space, with temperatures varying from extreme heat to extreme cold. This is essential to test that satellites can survive the harsh conditions of space.

Some of the noteworthy equipment under this facility are:

LACO Technologies Custom-made chamber with LabFreez Chiller

  • Can achieve vacuum level of 1×10^-6 Torr (high vacuum)
  • Internal chamber volume can support up to 6U CubeSat
  • Temperature range between -50oC to 150oC
Vibration and Shock Testing Facilities

This essentially mimics the violent vibrations that a satellite would experience during launch. It is critical to perform vibration tests to ensure that CubeSats are ready for launch.

Some of the noteworthy equipment under this facility are:

Bruel & Kjaer V780 Shaker with 2- channel high frequency DAQ system

  • Peak sine force 5.12 kN
  • RMS random force 4.33 kN
  • Peak shock force 9.5 kN
  • Maximum displacement (peak–peak): 25.4 mm
Mission analysis and visualization lab

Some of the noteworthy equipment under this facility are:

  • High-end workstations for 3D CAD modelling and thermal analysis
  • Large Screen visualization platform enabled with STK (Satellite ToolKit) software suite for mission analysis and visualization