Clyde Space is developing a 3U platform for our partner Kepler Communications' latest mission. The spacecraft will launch Kepler’s novel Software Defined Radio (SDR) and antenna array at the end of 2017.
The Clyde Space nanosatellites will support Kepler in deploying its in-space telecommunications network, which will use nanosatellites to provide connectivity to devices that gather the world’s information. Over the next 5 years, nearly 6 million devices will require satellite Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, these initial two satellites will pave the way for CubeSat based global M2M communications.
The Kepler network, powered by the Clyde Space nanosatellites, will open new business opportunities to systems reliant on low latency communications. The satellites, which measure 30cmx10cmx10cm, support an increasing range of new and technically challenging space applications.
Data collected from the satellites will have a range of applications from intelligent shipping to smart agriculture, traffic management and even wearable technologies such as temperature monitors to improve personnel health and safety.
The platform utilises Clyde Space's advanced Attitude Determination & Control System (ADCS) and will switch between tracking the Kepler base stations to pointing its deployed panels to the sun to maximise power generation. This is an extremely high powered payload, therefore will be using Clyde Space triple deployed panels to provide almost 40 Watts of power for the full platform operation.
An exhaustive set of payload tests will be carried out to ensure the functionality and performance of the Kepler communications subsystem. This includes electromagnetic compatibility tests, system soft-stack integration tests, spacecraft hard-stack integration and environmental tests.