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Payload 01 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2012 - 01

Boston University/Georgia Institute of Technology/New Mexico Tech
Payload Title:

Student Payload First Flight

Student Leader:
  • Nathan Darling & Joshua Mendez (GATech)
  • Center for Space Physics
  • Boston University
  • 8 Saint Mary's St
  • Rm 613
  • Boston ,Ma 02215
  • Email:nathandarling@gmail.com
  • Cell:415-847-9781
Faculty Advisor:
  • Theodore Fritz
  • Center for Space Physics
  • Boston University
  • 8 Saint Mary's St
  • Rm 613
  • Boston, Ma 02115
  • Email:fritz@bu.edu
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
2.3 kg
0.33 A
Serial Commands:
Yes, 6
Discrete Commands:
Yes, 2
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/22/2012
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/03/2012
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/30/2012
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/14/2012
The BUSAT program, in conjunction with development teams from Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) and New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology (NMT) intends to fly the Satellite Platform Integrated First Flight (SPIFF) aggregate instrument platform to gather baseline data on the fair-weather electric field, monitor the high-altitude magnetic field, and record changes in the structural integrity of a high-altitude scientific instrument. SPIFF will also advance the technology readiness of three student-built instruments as well as a central support module, enabling future development and use in the scientific spaceflight community. Experiments include an Electric Field Mill (EFM), a piezoelectric structural health monitoring sensor array (SHM), and a magnetometer (MAG). The central support module (the "Hub") will interface with peripheral payloads using Space Plug-and-Play (SPA-1) software developed by AFRL. Each team will include a project manager and engineer responsible for overall development. Interface between BUSAT, NMT and GA Tech teams will be the responsibility of each team's project manager. Interfaces require two small payload positions (referred to herein as PAYLOAD 1 and PAYLOAD 2)with minimal mounting plate modification, two analog downlinks via EDAC 516 connector and one RS 232 data line via DB9 connector.
Science Report: