Current and Open projects

microSpectrometer payload for CH4-sensing

ChipDetailsMMIGratingsNanosatellite 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.

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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:
http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/smallsat/2015/all2015/101/

Students interested in participating in this project should contact Prof. Regina Lee (reginal@yorku.ca) or PhD candidate Thong Thai (thai87@yorku.ca).

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Nano-antireflection technology for solar cells

transYorkBothNanosatellite 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:
http://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/30723

Students interested in participating in this project should contact Prof. Regina Lee (reginal@yorku.ca) or PhD candidate Hugh Podmore (podmore@yorku.ca).

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Partners

This research is made possible with the support of the following partners and sponsors

CSA NSERC DND COMDEV OCE AFLARE KEPLER SIGMA


Past Partners and Sponsors

XIPHOS MAEROSPACE MIRCOM MITACS   CANADENSYS