microSpectrometer payload for CH4-sensing
Nanosatellite laboratory researchers are developing a spectrometer-on-a-chip payload to detect absorption features from atmospheric methane in the near infrared (NIR). This spectrometer is based on the spatial-heterodyne principle and is implemented as an array of silicon-nitride wafers on a 22 mm x 22 mm silicon substrate. The spectrometer has been designed and fabricated, and will be characterized and calibrated over the summer 2016 observing season.
S-band radio frontend for nanosatellites
Nanosatellite laboratory researchers in collaboration with an industry partner, Aflare systems inc., are developing a radio frontend for nanosatellite applications. The frontend consists of a low-noise amplifier, modulator, filters, ADC and DACs which are fed to an FPGA for signal processing. This project is part of a long-term focus on software-defined radio (SDR) technologies for nanosatellites based on Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) platforms. SDR development is currently a valuable commodity in commercial aerospace and students interested in FPGA development are always welcome in the group.
For more information on this project see the following poster:
Students interested in participating in this project should contact Prof. Regina Lee (email@example.com) or PhD candidate Thong Thai (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nano-antireflection technology for solar cells
Nanosatellite laboratory researchers have developed a bio-inspired antireflective coating for solar cell applications. The antireflective coating is based on the moth-eye principle and is expected to improve nanosatellite power-generation on orbit by as much as 10% over an untreated surface. The nanosatellite lab has received funding to demonstrate this technology on orbit, in order to raise its technological readiness level (TRL), and we are currently developing a peak-power tracking payload for this demonstration. The nanosatellite lab is currently seeking a masters-level student to lead this project with support from current graduate and undergraduate researchers.
For more information on this project see the following thesis:
Students interested in participating in this project should contact Prof. Regina Lee (email@example.com) or PhD candidate Hugh Podmore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This research is made possible with the support of the following partners and sponsors
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