AuthorMitchell, Adriana Macieira
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
DescriptionGroup project with Rishikesh Mallela, Lorenzo Dova, Joe Padish, Sam McCoy, and Casey Croaker
AbstractProfessor Vishnu Reddy, from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, sponsored a University of Arizona senior design team to “space-qualify” (design, build, and test) a camera system to be integrated into a miniature satellite (CubeSat). This NASA-funded CubeSat mission, named CatSat, will be used as a technology demonstration for a high bandwidth deep space communication system which will be able to achieve HD video transmission from Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) through a novel inflatable antenna. The camera system, named CatCam, images the deployment of the inflatable antenna and captures video of Earth. The data that CatCam captures streams through the inflatable antenna as the demonstration of HD video transmission. We considered system architecture, camera controls, and integration with the entire CubeSat, and were successfully able to provide our sponsor with a working prototype.