IAC-15-B4.4.5 CUBETH: Nano-Satellite mission for orbit and attitude determination using low-cost gnss receivers

Anton B. Ivanov, Louis A. Masson, Stefano Rossi, Federico Belloni, Nickolay Mullin, Reto Wiesendanger, Markus Rothacher, Christine Hollenstein, Benjamin Männel, Daniel Willi, Michael Fisler, Patrick Fleischmann, Heinz Mathis, Martin Klaper, Marcel Joss, Erich Styger

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Abstract

CubETH is a cooperative Swiss CubeSat mission to demonstrate new technologies in the area of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-bascd navigation and the usage of COTS components. The satellite will carry five GNSS patch antennas, each connected to two independent u-blox multi-GNSS receivers. These very small, commercially available low-cost receivers are able to track single-frequency code and phase data of all the major GNSS, i.e. GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, Beidou (and ready for Galileo). Four main science objectives have been defined for the CubETH mission: (1) precise orbit determination using low-cost GNSS receivers, (2) attitude determination based on very short baselines, (3) comparison of the performance in space between GPS and GLONASS (and possibly other GNSS) as an important step for farther developments of space-bome GNSS receivers, (4) additional experimental measurements (e.g. for air density estimation during re-entry). The satellite will carry 3 retro-reflectors to enable satellite laser ranging for performance validation of the precise orbit determination. Novel CubeSat technologies will also be tested. We will take into account lessons learned from the SwissCube mission, which is in operation since 2009. A new modular design for the structure as well as connectors will be flown. We also intend to demonstrate the use of a miniaturized low-power command and data handling system, which shall control the satellite. In this paper, we will present the reasons for new technologies, based on our experience with SwissCube. In this paper, we will discuss the current status of the main concepts for the CubETH spacecraft and its payload.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication66th International Astronautical Congress 2015, IAC 2015
Subtitle of host publicationSpace - The Gateway for Mankind's Future
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages4456-4466
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781510818934
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event66th International Astronautical Congress 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future, IAC 2015 - Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 12 Oct 201516 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume6
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Conference

Conference66th International Astronautical Congress 2015: Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future, IAC 2015
Country/TerritoryIsrael
CityJerusalem
Period12/10/1516/10/15

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