IAC-17.B4.8.4

Development of telecommunications systems and ground support for EM-1 interplanetary cubesats missions: Lunar icecube and lunah-map

Alessandra Babuscia, Krisjani Angkasa, Benjamin Malphrus, Craig Hardgrove

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Abstract

CubeSats are now providing an innovative way to explore space: they can be built by smaller teams in academic environments, and they generally require smaller budget than traditional missions. For this reason, a new trend has emerged in the last five years: interplanetary CubeSats. Interplanetary CubeSats take advantage of the CubeSat paradigm and of the availability of commercial components developed for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions, but they are specifically designed to explore deep space. As a result, interplanetary CubeSats are essentially very different from Low Earth Orbit CubeSats in at least three technological areas: propulsion, radiation tolerance and telecommunication. This paper is focused on telecommunication issues for interplanetary CubeSats which face harsher environments, longer path distances and have more navigation needs than the LEO CubeSats. For this reason, the design of telecommunication systems for interplanetary missions is extremely challenging and significant development is currently ongoing in the areas of radio design, antenna design and the design of ground support architectures. This presentation focuses on the design of the telecommunication and ground support systems for two of the interplanetary CubeSats missions that will be launched on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1): Lunar IceCube and LunaH-Map. Given the commonalities between these missions, an effort is underway at JPL to develop a common set of telecommunication hardware systems to fit the envelope of the two missions' goals. Additionally, Lunar IceCube and LunaH-Map will also share the use of the Deep Space Network antennas and of the Morehead State University 21 m station, which is currently being upgraded especially for this purpose. This presentation will provide a quick overview of the missions (including goals and telecommunication requirements) and it will also focus on the development of the telecommunication systems design with a particular focus on the current upgrades planned to the Morehead State University ground station.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationUnlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages6346-6358
Number of pages13
Volume10
ISBN (Print)9781510855373
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Sep 25 2017Sep 29 2017

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Other68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period9/25/179/29/17

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Lunar missions
Ground supports
Telecommunication systems
telecommunication
Telecommunication
Orbits
Earth (planet)
low Earth orbits
Antennas
antenna
ground support systems
Propulsion
Deep Space Network
NASA
commonality
Navigation
antenna design
deep space
Systems analysis
ground stations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Babuscia, A., Angkasa, K., Malphrus, B., & Hardgrove, C. (2017). IAC-17.B4.8.4: Development of telecommunications systems and ground support for EM-1 interplanetary cubesats missions: Lunar icecube and lunah-map. In 68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security (Vol. 10, pp. 6346-6358). International Astronautical Federation, IAF.

IAC-17.B4.8.4 : Development of telecommunications systems and ground support for EM-1 interplanetary cubesats missions: Lunar icecube and lunah-map. / Babuscia, Alessandra; Angkasa, Krisjani; Malphrus, Benjamin; Hardgrove, Craig.

68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security. Vol. 10 International Astronautical Federation, IAF, 2017. p. 6346-6358.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Babuscia, A, Angkasa, K, Malphrus, B & Hardgrove, C 2017, IAC-17.B4.8.4: Development of telecommunications systems and ground support for EM-1 interplanetary cubesats missions: Lunar icecube and lunah-map. in 68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security. vol. 10, International Astronautical Federation, IAF, pp. 6346-6358, 68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017, Adelaide, Australia, 9/25/17.
Babuscia A, Angkasa K, Malphrus B, Hardgrove C. IAC-17.B4.8.4: Development of telecommunications systems and ground support for EM-1 interplanetary cubesats missions: Lunar icecube and lunah-map. In 68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security. Vol. 10. International Astronautical Federation, IAF. 2017. p. 6346-6358
Babuscia, Alessandra ; Angkasa, Krisjani ; Malphrus, Benjamin ; Hardgrove, Craig. / IAC-17.B4.8.4 : Development of telecommunications systems and ground support for EM-1 interplanetary cubesats missions: Lunar icecube and lunah-map. 68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security. Vol. 10 International Astronautical Federation, IAF, 2017. pp. 6346-6358
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