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1/Overview
What Is a Picosatellite?
Where Is Orbit?
Pico-Goals
Science!
Engineering!
Art Concept!
The Art of Building
LEO Conditions and Viability
LEO Temperatures
LEO Light
LEO Magnetic Field
How I Got Started
Budgets
2/PCB Fab, Soldering, and Electronics
Gerber Files
Breadboarding and Prototyping
Fabricating PCBs
My Criteria for a Good PCB Vendor
Quality Control
Soldering
Parts Is Parts
Parts Suppliers
Rad Hard
3/Chassis, Structure, and Gross Anatomy
What the Wizard Gave Us
The Electric Company
The Outer Limits
CubeSats and TubeSats
Materials
Shielding
Payload Bays
Flight Spares
4/Power
Power In
Steady State Operations
Burst Mode
Power Architecture
Power Charging Efficiency
Power Out
Power Charging Curves
5/Programming and Coding
Core Processor
Sensor Programming
More on Hardware
6/Launching and Rockets
Blowups Happen
Form Factor
InterOrbital Systems
7/Milestones and Planning
Checklists
Research and Design (2 months)
Setup (1 month)
Core Work (5 months)
Integration and Testing (2 months or more)
Team Work
Day Job
Goal
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DIY Satellite Platforms: Building a Space-Ready General Base Picosatellite for Any Mission

DIY Satellite Platforms: Building a Space-Ready General Base Picosatellite for Any Mission

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Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It’s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platform—complete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assembly—tough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months.

Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run engineering tests, or present an orbital art project, you’ll select basic components such as an antenna, radio transmitter, solar cells, battery, power bus, processor, sensors, and an extremely small picosatellite chassis. This entertaining series takes you through the entire process—from planning to launch.

Prototype and fabricate printed circuit boards to handle your payload Choose a prefab satellite kit, complete with solar cells, power system, and on-board computer Calculate your power budget—how much you need vs. what the solar cells collect Select between the Arduino or BasicX-24 onboard processors, and determine how to use the radio transmitter and sensors Learn your launch options, including the providers and cost required Use milestones to keep your project schedule in motion

Want to build your own satellite and launch it into space? It’s easier than you may think. The first in a series of four books, this do-it-yourself guide shows you the essential steps needed to design a base picosatellite platform—complete with a solar-powered computer-controlled assembly—tough enough to withstand a rocket launch and survive in orbit for three months.

Whether you want to conduct scientific experiments, run engineering tests, or present an orbital art project, you’ll select basic components such as an antenna, radio transmitter, solar cells, battery, power bus, processor, sensors, and an extremely small picosatellite chassis. This entertaining series takes you through the entire process—from planning to launch.

Prototype and fabricate printed circuit boards to handle your payload Choose a prefab satellite kit, complete with solar cells, power system, and on-board computer Calculate your power budget—how much you need vs. what the solar cells collect Select between the Arduino or BasicX-24 onboard processors, and determine how to use the radio transmitter and sensors Learn your launch options, including the providers and cost required Use milestones to keep your project schedule in motion

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Publish date: Jan 30, 2012
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