ROSPIN-SAT-1

ROSPIN-SAT-1 aims to be a Romanian educational nano-satellite, offering space-enthusiasts the opportunity to join a team full of motivation, where they can encounter a hands-on experience of the development process of a CubeSat from mission definition phase all the way to the operational one. 

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Project overview

The mission refers to the Earth Observation domain, ROSPIN-SAT-1 being in charge of surveying the Romanian territory in order to analyse the vegetation’s health status and downlink the data to the ground station, where it can be processed. These data sets are vital for the success of the mission and will let us generate time series which will lead to a better understanding of the occuring phenomena and will increase the chances of predicting them correctly. Also, a secondary objective is to use the information provided by the system for the purpose of identifying land areas with reforestation potential.

The team behind this ambitious project encompasses undergraduates, graduates and young professionals with backgrounds in different STEM disciplines, allowing the development of the project to be provided by several perspectives.

Job Descriptions

On Board Computer Subsystem (OBC)


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Payload Subsystem



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Electrical Power Subsystem (EPS)


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Structure and Thermal Subsystem (ST)


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ROSPIN-SAT-1 aims to be a Romanian educational nano-satellite, offering space-enthusiasts the opportunity to join a team full of motivation, where they can encounter a hands-on experience of the development process of a CubeSat from mission definition phase all the way to the operational one. The team behind this ambitious project encompasses undergraduates, graduates and young professionals with backgrounds in different STEM disciplines, allowing the development of the project to be provided by several perspectives. The mission refers to the Earth Observation domain, ROSPIN-SAT-1 being in charge of surveying the Romanian territory in order to analyse the vegetation’s health status and downlink the data to the ground station, where it can be processed. 

 

Regarding the organizational chart, the whole system is broken down into six different subsystems, each one of them being managed by a subsystem coordinator. The component subsystems are:

The Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem (ADCS) is a crucial division of the satellite and it is in charge of stabilizing the vehicle in orbit and ensuring it points in a specified direction in accordance with mission requirements.

The main objectives that the subsystem is concerned with can be divided into two main categories as follows:

  • Attitude Determination – the goal to be fulfilled is to make use of different types of sensors in order to perform a data acquisition procedure which will lead to an understanding regarding the manner in which the CubeSat is oriented in orbit;
  • Attitude Control – based on the a-priori determined orientation, we are aiming to implement an actuation system that is in charge of every maneuver (pointing detumbling etc.) that has to be performed in orbit.

ROSPIN-SAT-1 is a Romanian educational student-led project which aims to produce an Earth Observation nano satellite. We are looking for space enthusiasts to join our project and start getting hands-on experience with the development process of a CubeSat mission from the design phase to in-flight operation.

The Communications Subsystem (COMMS) is a vital part of the satellite, being in charge of ensuring a reliable connection between the spacecraft and the ground station. The main objectives that the subsystem is concerned with are:

  • to provide a reliable downlink connection for payload and housekeeping data;
  • to provide a reliable uplink connection for telecommands;
  • to analyse different operational modes and achieve an efficient link budget;
  • to perform trade-off processes in order to select hardware components based on their technical performances and cost .

 

The EPS team( Electrical Power Subsystem ), part of the ROSPIN-SAT-1 project, is looking for new colleagues to get involved in the development of a Cubesat. We offer an educational opportunity to develop solutions for a more efficient and reliable energy distribution system on a small satellite.

One of the main problems in such a mission is the correct management of the energy  generated through solar panels. Every movement or given task involves an energy demand so it is essential that the satellite produces and stores enough energy at every point in time to perform them

The main objectives of the EPS subsystem are:

The main objectives of the EPS subsystem are:

  • Choosing the most efficient components, both from a financial point of view as well as the technical advantages they have in comparison with other options;
  • Designing the optimal configurations for the interconnection of several other subsystems in order to fit every operating scenario of the mission;
  • Integrating passionate people into the world of space technology and making sure they get familiar with this domain.

The OBC team( On Board Computer ), part of the ROSPIN-SAT-1 project, is looking for new colleagues to get involved in the development of a Cubesat. We offer an educational opportunity to develop the software system of the satellite and select the hardware architecture and components.

The On Board Computer’s roles are to generate, store, transfer, and process data that comes from different sensors. At the same, the OBC should analyse the health of the satellite and take the necessary actions to ensure the reliability of the satellite and the success of the mission. 

The main objectives of the OBC subsystem are:

  •  Choosing the most efficient components, both from a financial point of view as well as the technical advantages they have in comparison with other options;
  • Designing the optimal software to ensure the success of the mision;
  • Integrating passionate people into the world of space technology and making sure they get familiar with this domain.

The payload is the purpose of the satellite and what the satellite is built around. It can be a Mars rover, a camera meant to observe Earth’s oceans or a novel piece of software. The payload subsystem is concerned with the science behind the payload’s functionality as well as with its integration within the rest of the satellite. Understanding the relation between the payload and the other subsystems is essential because the payload sets the most fundamental requirements for the satellite as a whole.

In our case, the responsibility of the payload team is to integrate an Earth observation multispectral camera into the satellite. The team has to procure it, calibrate it, test it and interface it with the rest of the CubeSat.

The main objectives of the Payload subsystem are:

 Choosing the most efficient multispectral camera, both from a financial point of view as well as the technical advantages they have in comparison with other options;

Accurately assessing the different multispectral cameras of choice in order to keep the power consumption to a minimum and to utilise as little U modules as possible;

Introducing passionate people into the world of space technology and familiarizing them with this domain.

The Structure and Thermal subsystem is in charge of the overall structural design and integrity of the spacecraft. It ensures that all components within the structure are mounted, enclosed and protected. It features interfaces for payloads and secondary structural elements. This subsystem also ensures that the thermal loads are managed within the overall CubeSat. 

The Structure and Thermal subsystem is responsible for the selection of a spacecraft bus, which would be either a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) structure and a proprietary design (most likely 3D printed). The team is also responsible for the thermal, static and dynamic loading analysis of the overall design.