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Payload 03 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2011 - 03

The Pennsylvania State University
Payload Title:

OSIRIS Lite 2 (OLite 2)

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 Bilén
  • Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • 213N Hammond Building
  • University, PA 16802-1401
  • Email:sbilen@psu.edu
  • Office:814-869-1526
  • Fax:814-863-7229
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/01/2011
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/05/2011
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/31/2011
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/16/2011
OSIRIS Lite 2 (OLite 2) 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 2 will make up the spacecraft bus for the OSIRIS satellite, designed to investigate the effects of space weather on the ionosphere. The 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). 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. 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 2 conforms to all the requirements specified in the Call for Proposals. Additionally, OLite 2 will require clearance for an antenna operating in the 430 MHz band, collaboration for RF interference testing and support for a ground station requiring a 10A 120 V AC circuit.

Payload Application: