- Arduino Based Environment (Atmega 328P-AU)
- LoRa IoT communication (SX1278)
- All inclusive sensor breakout board (BMP280, MPU6050, HMC5883l)
- MPPT Solar Power System (SPV1040)
- GPS and Altitude sensing capability (Ideal for weather balloon launch)
- Easy to Follow Step by Step Instructions
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An open source educational PocketQube kit created to teach and experiment with satellite technologies, ideal for experimenting in the classroom or in the field (ie: weather balloon launch). Includes all components needed to create your first fully functional picosatellite! Based on the Atmega 328P-AU, it can be easily programmed using the Arduino IDE. Its main means of communication are via a LoRa SX1278 transceiver, able to transmit in various modulation techniques (FSK RTTY, Morse, GFSK, LoRa…) at distances over 1000km. The satellite includes a variety of components to test using different configurations. Our modular 40x40mm board system and common bus allows the addition of future or custom modules.
The satellite is divided into 3 main 40x40mm boards:
- Electrical Power System Board: Based on the SPV1040 IC, it maximizes power coming from the various solar cells using an MPPT algorithm to charge the included 1000mAh 3.7V Li-Ion Battery. The battery voltage is then regulated to a 3.3V common bus. Uses a modular system with XH JST connectors for the solar panels.
- Sensor Breakout Board: Includes a BMP280 thermometer and barometer (altitude meter), an HMC5883l magnetometer and an MPU-6050 gyroscope and accelerometer. The board add breakout pins to 3 digital I/O and 3 analog inputs (rated up to 12v).
- On-Board Computer and Communications: Uses and Atmega 328P-AU 8-bit AVR microcontroller, programmed via a Mini-USB cable using the onboard RL232 FTDI serial converter. Data can be received/sent either by using the serial port or communicating via RF using the 433MHz SX1278 transceiver. This transceiver can be coupled with one of our ground stations or using any LoRa chips, data can also be received using an SDR or any RF receivers (ie: RTTY decoding on PC or slow morse with a HAM radio). The OBC measures temperature, battery voltage and incoming solar panel voltage.
An additional board includes a NEO6M GPS module, adding geolocation capability to the unit-
Included in the kit:
- EPS MPPT Board
- OBC / Communication Board
- Sensor Breakout Board
- GPS Board
- Solar Panel Assortment (6pcs)
- Li-Ion 1000mAh 3.7V battery
- Battery Charger
- UHF transmitter antenna
- 2 mechanical hardware kits (standoffs, bolts and nuts)
- 3D printed example model of the satellite structure
Note: Kit can be customized to your needs if necessary, discounts are offered for schools and multiple orders.
All proceeds from this kit will go towards funding the FossaSat-1 mission, creating a free and open source satellite telecommunication system for millions worldwide.
|Dimensions||30 × 30 × 30 cm|