HIGHLIGHT: TechEdSat is a NASA Ames Research Center 1U CubeSat built by San Jose State University Students, with mentorship from NASA Ames Research Center, in partnership with AAC Microtec. Its mission is to evaluate Space plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) designed in Sweden by AAC Microtec, and to perform a communications experiment utilizing the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone network.
TechEdSat was deployed from the International Space Station in the morning on September 27th from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) J-SSOD deployer. For more information, please visit http://www.techedsat.com.
BACKGROUND: Space Plug-and-Play Avionics is defined as an interface-driven set of standards, encompassing hardware, software, and protocols, intended to promote the rapid affordable design and integration of advanced system buses and payloads. Using this technology being developed by AAC Microtec, the next generation of CubeSats can potentially use this to be a universal avionics system for all spacecraft. The cross-link communications experiment being performed using the Iridium and Orbcomm modems also opens the door to larger data packets and receiving them in faster intervals, while not losing any parts of the packet.
PROGRAM FUNDING: NASA ARC OCT (CIF), NASA HQ (Small Spacecraft Technology Program), NASA JSC (oversight for PSRP and other safety documentation), and San Jose State University
ARC POC: Ali Guarneros Luna, firstname.lastname@example.org