Development, test and flight results of the RF systems for the YES2 tether experiment

Guillermina Castillejo Cucarella, Andrzej Cichocki, Maurizio Burla

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper highlights design, realization, testing and flight results of the Radio Frequency developments (RF) for ESA's second Young Engineers' Satellite (YES2), that included GPS systems, an intersatellite UHF link and a re-entry capsule telemetry and recovery system. The YES2 piggybacked on the Russian-built Foton microgravity platform in September 2007 with as objective the controlled deployment of a 32 km tether, in order to release a small re-entry capsule. That mission was successfully performed, although the capsule could not yet be retrieved. This complex project was performed by hundreds of students from all over Europe. One of the student teams was concerned with the development of RF systems. Most significant is the inter-satellite link between the tethered sub satellite and the tether deployed, through which tether science data from the sub satellite (e.g. tensiometer and dynamic sensors) can be recovered. Furthermore, a GPS/GLONASS receiver was placed on both ends of the tether to monitor the tether deployment. Next, the re-entry capsule has its own transmitter which sends data to an especially developed mobile ground station. Finally, recovery of the landed capsule was planned using an ARGOS beacon, for which two DDRR (loop antennas) were designed that transmit the beacon signal to the ARGOS constellation for positioning. This paper provides a brief overview of these systems and tests performed, and concludes with a discussion of flight results and applicability of the systems to other low-cost satellites, balloon experiments or sounding rockets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Pages8916-8930
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Sep 20083 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Volume14

Conference

Conference59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period29/09/083/10/08

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Development, test and flight results of the RF systems for the YES2 tether experiment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this