Inter-satellite links for cubesats

A. Budianu, T.J.W. Castro, Arjan Meijerink, Marinus Jan Bentum

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Abstract

Realizing inter-satellite links is a must for ensuring the success of cubesat swarm missions. Nevertheless, it has hardly been considered until now. The communication systems for cubesats have to deal with a few peculiar demands regarding consumed power, geometry and throughput. Depending on the type of application, required data rates can go up to tens of megabits per second, while power consumption and physical size are limited by the platform. The proposed communication scheme will combine power-efficient modulation and channel coding with multiple access and spread spectrum techniques, enabling the deployment of multiple satellites. Apart from this, the antenna system has to be designed such that links can be established and maintained independent of the satellites' orientation. An electrically steerable radiation pattern is achieved by placing antennas on each face of the cube. Conformal beamforming provides the system with 5 dBi gain for any desired direction of transmission, eliminating the need for attitude control. Furthermore, using planar antennas reduces the complexity of the mechanical part as they require no deployment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-1812-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2013
Event2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, United States
Duration: 2 Mar 20139 Mar 2013

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference
CountryUnited States
CityBig Sky
Period2/03/139/03/13

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Satellite links
Antennas
Satellites
Channel coding
Attitude control
Directional patterns (antenna)
Beamforming
Telecommunication links
Communication systems
Electric power utilization
Throughput
Modulation
Geometry
Communication

Keywords

  • EWI-23457
  • IR-86303
  • METIS-297037

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Budianu, A., Castro, T. J. W., Meijerink, A., & Bentum, M. J. (2013). Inter-satellite links for cubesats. In 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference (pp. 1-10). USA: IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2013.6496947
Budianu, A. ; Castro, T.J.W. ; Meijerink, Arjan ; Bentum, Marinus Jan. / Inter-satellite links for cubesats. 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference. USA : IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, 2013. pp. 1-10
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Inter-satellite links for cubesats. / Budianu, A.; Castro, T.J.W.; Meijerink, Arjan; Bentum, Marinus Jan.

2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference. USA : IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, 2013. p. 1-10.

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Budianu A, Castro TJW, Meijerink A, Bentum MJ. Inter-satellite links for cubesats. In 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference. USA: IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. 2013. p. 1-10 https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2013.6496947