MiniSatCom Radio

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MiniSatCom Radio

from 2,499.00

The MiniSatCom is the first off the shelf communications unit which has been design specifically for PocketQube use in mind:

  • 10 grams Total Mass, 1 Watt Max Power
  • Cell-phone and computer compatible, operational in 30 minutes or less
  • Designed for rapid development in small spacecraft teams
  • Commercial reliability with space-grade machine assembly
  • Volume production of products
  • Fit redundant MiniSatCom modules in a CubeSat or PocketQube spacecraft
  • Direct RF inhibit, a critical feature regarding radio licensing compliance


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The radio is powered by most satellites without customization, accepting unregulated power anywhere from 3.0-5.5V. Data input and output interactions can be set to any desired voltage between 1.8-5.5V. Cost effective Development Transceivers and Spaceflight-Certified Transceivers, ideal for commercial and academic environments.

Highlighted Features

  • Direct control of the RF amplifier power enable, a critical feature regarding radio licensing complience.

  • Powered by most satellites without customization, accepting anywhere from 3-5.5V.
  • Data I/O interactions at a variety of voltages, accepting anywhere from 1.8-5.5V. (built-in voltage levelshifter)
  • Talk about easy to use! Satellite developers can use any of these communications protocols to interact with the radio:
    • SPI
    • TWI
    • USART
  • MMCX connectior, a reliable miniature coax connector. A bypass load protects the radio if transmission are sent without an external antenna engaged.
  • Rugged Case, the outer shell of the radio is a hard metal, ensuring durability in your lab, through launch, and in orbit.
  • Operates at 420-450MHz (902-928MHz version in development).

Development Radio vs. Spaceflight-Certified Radio

We pay special attention to the spaceflight radios, individually testing them to ensure they are space-ready. We program each unit and perform a transmission checkout. All this is performed in a class 10k cleanroom to protect your transciever. The units are then sealed and labeled.

When you recieve a radio, use the development radios everyday. Learn and play with the units. Build a developemnt or prototype spacecraft with these radios inside. When it gets to final flight unit assembly, open the spaceflight-certified units and plug them in. Of course perform your last checkout with these units, but treat them as flight units.

Spaceflight-Certified Testing Procedure:

  • Performance Check, Transmission Check
  • XRay each radio board to ensure structural integrity and solder joint quality
  • Vibe-test each unit, as it will experience later in the spacecraft checkout process once it is integrated
  • Bake out each radio to clean off any remaining debris
  • Performance Check, Transmission Check

PocketQube Integration

The MiniSatCom radios are small enough to fit in a PocketQube, leaving plenty of room for your satellite systems and experiment. The profile dimensions are 30mm by 44mm, and a thickness of approximately 6mm. Final specifications depend on the module.

Manufacturing Information

The MiniSatCom transiever is built to J-STD-001ES. This is the highest soldering standard recognized by industry, specifically oriented for long-duration spacecraft. Click here for more information on J-STD-001ES.

Manufacturing Highlights:

  • Circuit boards made in the USA
  • All parts assembled in the USA
  • The assemblies are cleaned and sealed to prevent water and contaminates from contaminating the parts and circuit board layers.
  • Accelerated life testing is performed on a sample of each production batch to ensure durability and longevity on Earth and in Orbit.


Engineering Model - "MiniSatCom Development Transceiver" - MSCDevTRX 420450

Flight Model - "MiniSatCom Spaceflight-Certified Transceiver" - MSCSCTRX 420450

Product information booklet: Link

Functional block diagram: Link

Price list: Link

Manufacturer: Radiobro Corp

Lead time: 8-12 weeks

Datasheet/Brochure:  Link

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