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Our Team

UBC Orbit prides itself in providing a safe learning environment for members of all disciplines and technical backgrounds to gain hands-on experience in the development of a satellite for harsh space environments.

Our Advisors

The development of a satellite and ensuring that a student team is functioning properly takes a lot of resoures and planning. To help make critical decisions and give advice on design issues, UBC Orbit is grateful to have all the following advisors.

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Professor David G. Michelson
P.ENG, UBC Electrical
Blair Kloos
EIT, Kardium
Noah Tajwar
Technical Lead
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ADMIN

The admin team is responsible for all non-technical management tasks. The team maintains UBC Orbit’s public image, relationships, and finances. This includes searching for sponsorships, applying for funding, booking educational and industry outreach events, and managing all our social media platforms.

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Julian Mentasti
Co-captain and Technical Advisor
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Dylan Gunn
Director, UBC Engineering Physics Project Lab

The ADCS team is in charge of determining and stabilizing the orientation of the satellite. The positioning of the satellite is determined using a variety of sensors, such as sun sensors and an inertial management unit(IMU). The gathered data is then fed into a custom control system which controls the satellite's actuators such as magnetorquers and reaction wheels.

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ADCS

ATTITUDE DETERMINATION AND CONTROL

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CDH

COMMAND AND DATA HANDLING

The CDH sub-system is essentially the brain of the satellite, as it deals with carrying out commands from ground station, compiling satellite-wide data, and monitoring and responding to any system failures. For the Aspectu satellite, CDH developed an inexpensive on-board computer, known as Trillium, that can self-handle radiation-induced upsets. Implementing the concept of Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR), the system contains three micro-controllers (MCUs) that continuously compare their data with each other.

The COMMS team designs the interface between the satellite and ground station. This requires dealing with advanced hardware structures, understanding constraints of radio communication, and deciding how data should be formatted to be received and transmitted by the satellite. All radio communication from the satellite utilize a programmable transceiver allowing for greater design flexibility. Additionally, the satellite will be operational by any amateur satellite station.

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COMMS

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EPS

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEMS

The EPS team is responsible for the power budget of the satellite, ensuring that there is always ample power to perform any required operation. To do so, the team must understand the power consumption of each subsystem, as well as simulate the satellite's orbit to factor in the power intake provided by solar panels. This information is used to determine the state of charge of the batteries at each point in time.

The hardware subteam is responsible for executing the main mission of the satellite. For ALEASAT, our payload consists of a camera module that will be able to take images of a specifically requested location on Earth and immediately downlink them. The payload module consists of an image sensor PCB, lens and filter assembly, and a micro-controller for processing the sensor output and communicating with the other subsystems.

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HARDWARE

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STRUCTURE

The structure team is in charge of designing, manufacturing and assembling the frame and mechanical components of the satellite. The team also uses simulations to ensure the designs pass the necessary stress and thermal tests. The structure for the Aspectu satellite is a standard 3U aluminum CubeSat frame, while ALEASAT uses a custom-designed 1U frame support the satellite's subsystems.

Today, using SDR (Software-Defined-Radio) and other available resources, building a ground-station can be done by almost anyone!
The goal of the project is to build a satellite communication ground-station that will join a network of open-source ground stations called the “SATNOG project”. This project - run by the Libra Space Foundation - was started to help amateurs build satellite ground-stations from readily available and affordable resources and tools. At the end of the project, the team aims to communicate and receive from satellites that transmit in the UHF amateur radio band.

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