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PROJECT IRAZU: ADVANCES OF A STORE & FORWARD CUBESAT MISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING OF COSTA RICA

Calvo Alvarado, Julio and Calvo Obando, Julieta and Chavez Jímenez, Adolfo and Carvajal Godínez, Johan and Valverde, Alfredo and Ramírez, Julio and Rosales Alpizar, Luis Carlos and Martinez, Esteban and Carrasquilla Batista, Arys and Monge, Luis and Alvarado Briceno, Carlos and Rojas, Juan and Hernandez, Marcos (2017) PROJECT IRAZU: ADVANCES OF A STORE & FORWARD CUBESAT MISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING OF COSTA RICA. In: 68th International Astronautical Congress. 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017, Adelaide, Australien.

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In 2007, the Government of Costa Rica announced to the world its ambitious goal of turning into the first carbon neutral country by 2021. Following the announcement, governmental institutions, univer sities, NGOs and private companies have worked arduously through the creation of different initiatives to reach that goal. One innovative project is Irazu, consisting of the design, construction, launch and operation of the first Central American satellite. The project is not just intended to enable a baseline for training scientists, engineers, and managers in the necessary skills to execute an end to end space project; it also pursues to demonstrate a Store and Forward system that enables remote sensing of biomass and carbon dioxide fixation data from a fast growth tree plantation in the lowlands of Costa Rica to a research center for its post processing and analysis. Irazu is being led by the Central American Associa tion for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE) and the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), and involves a variety of national and international stakeholders from the government, academia, and industry. This paper is a continuation of previous reports on Project Irazu presented at the Workshop on Small Satellite Programmes for the Service of Developing Countries over the last five years in the International Astro nautical Congress. The project has already reached significant milestones, such as the approval of the final design presented in the Critical Design Review (CDR), the purchase of the spacecraft components using funds from the successful crowdfunding campaign and the consolidation of a space systems team at TEC. The mission architecture for an Store and Forward system was defined, consisting of three main components: the remote station, the spacecraft, and the ground segment. The design of Irazu was reviewed and approved by experts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Kyushu Institute of Tech nology (Kyutech) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Advances in the Assembly, Integration a nd Test phase are presented and discussed, which include the development of spacecraft compo nents, testing of the communication links, assembly of the satellite and the initial results from field data collected with environmental sensors developed by TEC. International cooperation is emphasized in this phase since Costa Rican engineers will be conducting testing at the laboratories of the Kyushu Institute of Technology. Furthermore, advances in the satellite frequency registration process for an emerging space nation are presented, as well as the lessons learned.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/115352/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:PROJECT IRAZU: ADVANCES OF A STORE & FORWARD CUBESAT MISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING OF COSTA RICA
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Calvo Alvarado, Juliojucalvo (at) itcr.ac.cUNSPECIFIED
Calvo Obando, Julietaajcalvo (at) itcr.ac.crUNSPECIFIED
Chavez Jímenez, Adolfoadchaves (at) itcr.ac.crUNSPECIFIED
Carvajal Godínez, Johanj.carvajalgodinez (at) tuldelft.nlUNSPECIFIED
Valverde, Alfredoavalverde3 (at) gatech.eduUNSPECIFIED
Ramírez, Juliojulio.ramirez (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Rosales Alpizar, Luis Carlosluis.carlos.rosales (at) gmail.comUNSPECIFIED
Martinez, Estebanestemarval (at) gmail.comUNSPECIFIED
Carrasquilla Batista, Arysacarrasquilla (at) itcr.ac.crUNSPECIFIED
Monge, Luisluis.monge (at) acae-ca.orgUNSPECIFIED
Alvarado Briceno, Carloscarlos.alvarado (at) acae-ca.orgUNSPECIFIED
Rojas, Juanjuan.rojas (at) itcr.ac.crUNSPECIFIED
Hernandez, Marcosq350937h (at) mail.kyutech.jpUNSPECIFIED
Date:26 September 2017
Journal or Publication Title:68th International Astronautical Congress
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Cubesat, Small Satellite Mission, Earth Observation
Event Title:68th International Astronautical Congress 2017
Event Location:Adelaide, Australien
Event Type:international Conference
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Satellite Networks
Deposited By: Ramírez Molina, Dr. Julio César
Deposited On:23 Nov 2018 14:51
Last Modified:23 Nov 2018 14:51

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