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HUMSAT

Space Engineering

HUMDEWithin the HumSAT project the joint venture of several research groups of the Univesity of Vigo has built the pico-satellite HumSAT demonstrator (HUMDE) according to the cubesat standard following the ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardization) recommendations. The satellite has been launched on November 21st, 2013 (ESA eoPortal) from the Russian Launch Site Baikonur as one of the payloads on a Dnepr rocket.

In LIA, we coorporated in the design and implementation of the HumSAT demonstrator on-board software written in C (based on our previously developed on-board software for XaTcobeo):

  • HumSAT Mission Software (hms): the fully functional upper layers of the real-time on-board software following the system design specifications which uses the low-level drivers provided by INTA and the space link functionality including the communications modes developed by the telecommunications group.

  • HumSAT Mimicry Software: basic mimicry of the low-level drivers on API level for debugging purposes of hms on a Linux platform.

  • HumSAT Groundstation Simulation Software (hgs): a simple simulator on packet exchange level over UDP for debugging purposes of hms on the simulation platform.

  • HumSAT Debug Software (hds): a simulator of the serial interface to the HumSAT hardware for debugging purposes of hms on the simulation platform.

A brief overview of the HumSAT on-board software can be found in the file HDS-M-52000-obsw-overview.

Serpens-BAnother HumSAT radio system will be placed as payload in the 3-Cubesat SERPENS (Sistema Espacial para Realização de Pesquisa e Experimentos com Nanossatélites) currently developed and built in Brazil. In LIA we adapt the on-board software from HUMDE to work on the new platform.

 

 


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