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Payload 03 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2010 - 03

Pennsylvania State University
Payload Title:

OSIRIS Lite (OLite)

Student Leader:
  • Allen Kummer
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • 332 Electrical Engineering East
  • University Park,Pa 16802
  • Email:atk5025@psu.edu
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Sven Bilen
  • Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • 213N Hammond Building
  • University Park, Pa 16802-1401
  • Email:sbilen@psu.edu
  • Office:814-863-1526
  • Cell:814-863-7229
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Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/01/2010
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/06/2010
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 08/01/2010
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/17/2010
OSIRIS Lite (OLite) is being developed by students at The Pennsylvania State University's Student Space Programs Laboratory (SSPL) as a technology demonstration for the OSIRIS CubeSat. Ultimately, the technologies demonstrated by OLite will make up the spacecraft bus for the OSIRIS satellite, designed to investigate the effects of space weather on the ionosphere. As the challenges for developing student satellite hardware are significant, a precursor balloon flight will provide the necessary heritage to enable a more costly and complex project. OLite is demonstrating the communications, guidance, navigation and control and power subsystems which are in the critical path for the development and subsequent flight of the OSIRIS CubeSat. These demonstrations take advantage of the near space environment provided by a balloon flight to verify the systems will operate in their desired manor when the CubeSat is launched (expected in 2013). The team currently consists of more than 20 undergraduate students from many disciplines across the university including computer science, physics, and aerospace, mechanical, computer and electrical engineering. OLite conforms to all the requirements specified in the Call for Proposals. Additionally, OLite will require clearance below the interface panel for an antenna operating at in the 400 MHz and 900 MHz bands and support for a ground station requiring a 10A 120 V AC circuit.
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