SPACE-HAUC [University of Massachusetts]
The SPACE-HAUC (Science Program Around Communication Engineering with High Achieving Undergraduate Cadres Project) is a 3U CubeSat educational mission intended primarily as a hands-on student training mission that will also demonstrate X-band beam steering from a CubeSat platform.
The payload consists of a software defined radio. The goal is to demonstrate the practicality of communicating at high data rates in the X band using a phased array of patch antennas on a CubeSat. The antennas will operate at frequencies of 8.0 to 8.4 GHz from an orbit of about 450 km.
The telemetry will be implemented by using a software-controlled radio to create an intermediate frequency (IF) modulated signal. The IF will be mixed with a local oscillator and amplified to produce the broadcast signal. Filters will be used to ensure that the out-of-band signal stays below the levels required by our broadcast license.
It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||University of Massachusetts, Lowell|
|Contractors:||University of Massachusetts, Lowell|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|