The First Space-Tolerant CubeSat!
Did you know that 50% of all CubeSats Failed or Didn’t Respond?
Small satellites can be cheap and reliable, if the design is carefully considered…
A lot of CubeSats died due to the underestimated link or power budgets, lot of them due to manufacturing failures and anothers due to space weather conditions. Traditional terestrial design approaches of commercial electronics are not so good to be launched into space.
The CzechTechSat project is:
build around flight-proven or well-known components/microcircuit dies, properly selected based on long-term research and radiation tests
manufactured from vacuum-proof, flight-proven materials, compounds, solder, glues, batteries, etc.
properly calculated hardware platform taking into account the worst case conditions
a project which should test the conventional small satellite subsystems with the Deep-space ambitions
a precursor of a bigger platform
Why we do it?
The CzechTechSat team is composed of space enthusiasts, fans, amateur astronomers, electrical and mechanical engineers fascinating by the human conquest of space. The main future goal is to help people to visit Mars – safely. By hands-on project like this. It’s a great instructive run, following-up the long Czech Small Satellite heritage since 1978.
What the CzechTechSat will carry aboard?
1) 1U Mechanical structure with proper thermal conductivity compliant with CubeSat Design Specification rev. 13.
2) Cold Redundant Data Handling board with radio interface in UHF band (435-438 MHz)
3) Active Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem (ADCS) with GPS Receiver
4) Power Supply with MOSFET-Free Regulators and Latch-up Protection, including complete power HK
5) Deployable Zero Deployment Torque UHF/VHF antenna
6) VGA color camera to test high volume data transfer
7) High efficiency triple junction solar panels with integrated wide angle Sun Sensors and GPS antenna