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Since the year 2000, there have been approximately 291 CubeSat missions led by universities [1]. RIT SPEX has been working on developing their own CubeSat mission for the past 3 years, focusing on innovations in solar sail technology. Every satellite needs the means to operate and fly it and RIT does not currently have such a ground station. Last year, students began creating a ground station specifically for collecting NOAA downlinks (~144 MHz) for a specific class.

The scope of this project is to create a new ground station, LASSO (Localize Attribute SatelliteS in Orbit), capable of tracking and obtaining downlinks around the ~437 MHz band, one of the most common bands used by CubeSats. LASSO will utilize Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) from multiple antennas to localize the source of a satellite signal, both reducing noise in data transmissions and enabling orbit determination. Orbit determination capability brings RIT one step closer to flying their own satellite. Commanding a large field of view of the sky, LASSO is able to categorize unknown signals after detection by comparing its own orbit calculation with the numerous public online catalogs. LASSO also enables new research and educational opportunities ranging from real data examples in classes for signal processing and orbital mechanics to collecting sensor data, collected from space objects.

LASSO uses TDOA for its mechanical simplicity and emphasis on software. Team members plan on utilizing open source and custom software to lower the project expenses. LASSO is the beginning of RIT’s ground station and new features are expected to be added by future MSD projects so that RIT is ready to run satellite operations when it sends its first CubeSat to space.

For all files that pertain to LASSO, see the directory structure.

A summary of the project can be found in the Project Readiness Package.

[1] https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/swartwout/home/cubesat-database

(Project photo and sponsor logo will be added in Phase II)

Project Name
LASSO Localize Attribute SatelliteS in Orbit
Project Number
P20151
Project Family
continuation of P19151
Start Term
2191 (Fall 2019)
End Term
2195 (Spring 2020)
Faculty Guide
Martin Pepe, mxpddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Russell Jost, rwjiee@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
N/A (Sponsor search will begin in Phase II)

Team Members

From the Left: Zachary Grguras, Matthew Truong, Martin Pepe (guide), Zoe-Jerusha Beepat, Anthony Iannuzzi, Ignazio Scollo, Connor Lowery, Andrew deVries

From the Left: Zachary Grguras, Matthew Truong, Martin Pepe (guide), Zoe-Jerusha Beepat, Anthony Iannuzzi, Ignazio Scollo, Connor Lowery, Andrew deVries

Name Role Contact Resume Bio
Anthony Iannuzzi Project Manager mailto:awi7573@rit.edu Resume Bio
Ignazio Scollo Lead Engineer mailto:Ils5482@rit.edu Resume Bio
Zachary Grguras Communicator mailto:zjg8144@rit.edu Resume Bio
Andrew deVries Scheduling mailto:ard6268@rit.edu Resume Bio
Matthew Truong Editor mailto:mxt1172@rit.edu Resume Bio
Zoe-Jerusha Beepat Purchasing mailto:zeb6290@rit.edu Resume Bio
Connor Lowery Facilitator mailto:cjl4453@rit.edu Resume Bio

Team Contact List: Team Contact List (Excel)

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination

PRP

Requirements

Contact List

Schedule

Cost

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout

Manuals

Mockups

Test Fixtures

Prototyping

Test Plans

Analysis Results

Simulations

Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT Exhibit

Acknowledgements

We will begin reaching out to sponsors in Phase II.

Thank you to Marty Pepe, Russell Jost, Jim Stefano, and Mihail Barbosu for their advice and input for our problem definition during Phase I.

Thank you to Nick Blachowicz and Miguel Bazdresch for information and lessons learned from S.T.A.R. during Phase I.

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