Development of a LEO communication CubeSat

Aslan A. R., Yağcı H. B., Umit M., Sofyali A., Bas M., Uludag M., ...More

6th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies, RAST 2013, İstanbul, Turkey, 12 - 14 June 2013, pp.637-641 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/rast.2013.6581288
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.637-641
  • Keywords: 3U CubeSat, Passive Stabilization, Redundancy, VHF/UHF Transponder, Voice Communication
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


TURKSAT-3USAT is a three unit CubeSat developed for voice communication at low Earth orbit. The payload is a VHF/UHF transponder operating at amateur bands. The transponder and all other subsystems, except the stabilization, are doubled for redundancy. Where possible, both COTS systems and in-house development is employed. The energy is provided using lithium polymer batteries together with super capacitors. Satellite stabilization is accomplished using passive magnetic attitude control system with hysteresis rods. The TURKSAT-3USAT is launched from JSLC of China, on April 26, 2013. © 2013 IEEE.