CubeSat High-Speed Data Downlink

This project aims to bring high-speed communications to CubeSat Missions. Early meetings were sponsored by Therese Jorgensen at the NSF.

NSF CubeSat Current Status
(Updated 29 Jan 2014)
Award Project PIs
License
Frequencies Status
Type Agency Sponsor
# 1 RAX Cutler/Bahcivan Amateur/Exp FCC UMich 437 MHz (Li-1) Mission Complete
FireFly Rowland/Weatherwax Experimental NTIA NASA 425 MHz (L3 Cadet-U) Active
ARRA FIREBIRD Klumpar/Spence Amateur FCC MSU 437 MHz Active
DICE Crowley/Swenson Meterological NTIA NSF 465 MHz (L3 Cadet-U) Mission Complete
# 2 CINEMA Lin Space Research NTIA NASA 2.2 GHz (Emhiser) Active
CSSWE Li/Palo Amateur FCC UColorado 437 MHz (Li-1) Active
# 3 ExoCube Noto/Mierkiewicz/Puig-Suari Experimental FCC Cal Poly 437 MHz Manifested/ELaNa 10
Cadre Ridley/Nicholas Experimental FCC UMich 3.4 GHz (Indigo) Planned
# 4 Lacie (6U) Earle/Swenson/Bishop/Vadas 465 MHz (L3 Cadet-U) Planned
OPAL Taylor/Swenson/Christensen 465 MHz (L3 Cadet-U) Planned



SmallSat 2013: August 13, 2013
This meeting focused on CubeSat high-speed transmitters only, higher than 450 MHz and higher than 1 Mbps. While frequency licensing and the corresponding ground stations are still a big issues, we decided to focus only on CubeSat radio hardware for this meeting. Other presentations from this conference can be found here.


CubeSat Developers' Workshop: April 23, 2013
Andy Klesh from JPL organized a "Ground Stations for NanoSatellites Workshop" on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, one day before the April 2013 CubeSat Developers' Workshop at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The focus was on the ground stations and networks that could support CubeSats, including earth-escape CubeSats. Other presentations from this conference can be found here.
Ground Stations for NanoSatellites Workshop. Tuesday 23 April 2013
IntroductionAndy KleshJet Propulsion Laboratory
CubeSat Communication Systems 2003-2013: A Historical LookBryan KlofasSRI International
GENSO: Past and PresentConner LangeCal Poly
Lessons Learned through Operations with a Federated Ground Station NetworkJames CutlerUniversity of Michigan
Wallops CubeSat-SmallSat Ground Stations and Frequency StandardizationScott SchaireNASA Wallops Flight Facility
Nanosatellite Communications at MITKerri CahoyMIT
Ground Station SurveyRemco SchoemakerJPL/Delft University of Technology
Commercial Ground Station OptionsBryan KlofasSRI International
"High Data-Rate" Communications for DICEJake GuntherUtah State University
Deep Space NetworkCourtney DuncanJet Propulsion Laboratory
MC3Jim HorningNaval Postgraduate School
Communications Exchange for Research and Experimental Satellites (CERES)Working GroupN/A



CubeSat Developers' Workshop: April 19, 2012
A CHDC meeting was held on Thursday evening during the annual CubeSat Developers Workshop. Other presentations from this conference can be found here.
NSF CubeSat High-Speed Downlink Communications Meeting. Thursday 19 April 2012, 6pm.
Introduction and AgendaBryan KlofasSRI International
CubeSat Issues: Where Are We?Andrew CleggNational Science Foundation
DICE Telemetry Overview and Current StatusJacob GuntherUtah State University
RAX-2 On-Orbit Communication PerformanceJames CutlerUniversity of Michigan
Comm Status: The Dual-CubeSat FIREBIRD MissionEhson MoslehMontana State University
CINEMA Communication System Overview and NTIA lessons learnedPascal Saint-HilaireUniversity of California, Berkeley
CSSWE COM SystemScott PaloUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
CADRE CommunicationsDamen ProvostUniversity of Michigan
ExoCube Radio PlansBrian TubbCal Poly State University



AGU Fall Meeting: 16 Dec 2010
For the second time, a meeting was held during the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This meeting was sponsored by Therese Jorgensen of the NSF.


CubeSat Developers' Workshop: April 21, 2010
Selected presentations from the 7th annual CubeSat Developers workshop at Cal Poly. Other presentations from this conference can be found here.


AGU Fall Meeting: December 16, 2009
This meeting was held during the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This meeting was sponsored by Therese Jorgensen of the NSF.


NSF Telecon: November 30, 2009
The purpose of this telecon, organized by Therese Jorgensen, was to inform everybody of the status of the various NSF missions and their communications plans.


Mailing List
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