PocketQube Kit v1.0 EM
PocketQube Kit v1.0 EM
Satellites have traditionally been expensive with even lower cost solutions like Cubesat costing six figure amounts, limited to those with larger budgets. The PocketQube Kit addresses these problems and widens access to space for smaller budget organisations. The PocketQube Kit is ideal for a wide range of groups who are interested in building a low cost Satellite. For example Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (or STEM) educators, from K-12, High School up to University. The Kits is also ideal for Governmental customers looking to begin a program.
The Kit is available in two flavours, Regular and Lite. Both contain the OBC, Protoboard, Labsat and structure, with the MinisatCom Radio only available in the 'Regular' Kit.
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The PocketQube Kit is designed as a first step to building your first satellite. The Kit consists of:
- Alba Orbital Skeletonized structure (1p, 2p or 3p)
- Alba Orbital Labsat (Test and Development Board)
- Alba Orbital On Board Computer (OBC)
- Radiobro MiniSatCom (not included in Lite Kit)
MiniSatCom Radio (not available in Lite Kit)
The MiniSatCom from Radiobro is the first Transceiver to be designed and manufactured for use on PocketQube Satellites. The MiniSatCom has two variants, the 420-450MHz or 902-928MHz versions with more in development. Designed to be compatible with the PQ60 standard and interface with the PocketQube bus.
Labsat (Development Board)
The Labsat is designed to allow the user to test and characterise single boards as well as full stacks, or anything in between. Using the Labsat provides a safe and secure way of testing the boards as it removes the need to use connectors or jumper wires with board sand reduces complete interaction with the individual board as features can be monitored and controlled via the Labsat. This is possible as the Labsat provides a board with four PocketQube headers on it. These headers are designed to accommodate any board. The Labsat board contains a microprocessor along with additional hardware designed to monitor and interact with the boards. The interaction can be handled via USB. In addition to this all signals are broken out via a cable to a secured location. At no time is a direct connection to the Labsat board required.
Orthogonal Drawing: Link, Datasheet: Coming Soon
Rugged Transportation and Storage Case
Travel securely and store your kit safely
Other Customers Bought:
Skeletonized Structure, designed for the PocketQube Standard (Pico-satellite class). Aerospace grade aluminium structure with plated finish (flight model only) with two micro-switches for double redundancy (kill switches). Can accommodate PCB board stack such as PQ60 v1.0.
On Board Computer (OBC)
The entry level OBC utilises a TI MSP430 microcontroller for low power consumption and flexibility is designed to be the primary control hub for your satellite. The board is readily programmable to fit your projects as required and comes with drivers for reading on board sensor data. The OBC comes with temperature, RTC, accelerometer, gyrometer and magnetometer sensor capabilities for on board diagnostics and experimentation. The OBC also contains reprogrammable NOR Flash memory to store critical parameters for system operation and also has a SD card expansion slot for expandable memory options. The board relies upon a regulated 3.3V supply voltage which can be enabled and disabled by external power systems. The OBC meets PQ60 standards to facilitate easy interoperability with other systems over SPI and I2C protocols that conform standard.
A prototyping and breakout board for the PQ60 standard
Datasheet: Coming Soon
Manufacturer: Alba Orbital, Radiobro,
Expected Shipping Time: 12-16 Weeks
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