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L.A.R.S. - Mobile ground station for CubeSat operations

Fexer, Sebastian and Hauer, Lars-Christian (2019) L.A.R.S. - Mobile ground station for CubeSat operations. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 21-25 October 2019, Washington D.C., United States.

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Abstract

Many of the CubeSat and SmallSat operators in the academic field suffer from the fact that the ground station operations for Telemetry, Tracking and Control of their satellites is often quite challenging to maintain for the duration of a mission. The DLR Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, Germany, presents a remote controllable mobile ground station for CubeSat/SmallSat operations which completely fits inside a 20 ft shipping container. It operates in the VHF/UHF amateur radio frequency bands (144-146 MHz and 430-440 MHz) and is prepared for S band (2400-2450 MHz) using fully redundant state-of-the-art software-defined-radio transceivers. With the ground station presented in this paper, automated satellite operations with different satellites can be achieved. Tests with different SmallSats and CubeSats have demonstrated promising results of great performance with high sensitivity in reception, even at low elevations. Currently, the ground station is located for testing purposes at the Jade Weser Airport in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. In the near future it is planned to move the station to a northern location to achieve optimal contact opportunities to connect and remain in contact for longer durations in polar satellite orbits.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/132772/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:L.A.R.S. - Mobile ground station for CubeSat operations
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Fexer, SebastianSebastian.Fexer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hauer, Lars-ChristianLars-Christian.Hauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:22 October 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:CubeSat, Groundstation, UHF, VHF
Event Title:70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Washington D.C., United States
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21-25 October 2019
Organizer:IAF (http://www.iafastro.org/)
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: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Institute of Space Systems > Controlling, Logistics
Deposited By: Fexer, Sebastian
Deposited On:17 Dec 2019 13:07
Last Modified:17 Dec 2019 13:07

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