• Overview
  • Mission
  • Ground Station
  • Facilities
  • The Team
  • Timeline

CSUNSat1:

  • 2U Cubesat
  • Spacecraft designed, built, and tested by CSUN students and faculty
  • Payload designed, built, and tested by JPL

Funding: This project is funded through the SmallSat Technology Partnerships, a program within the NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP).

Launch: CSUNSat1 was selected by the NASA Cubesat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for launch. CSUNSat1 is scheduled to launch as part of the ELaNA XVII mission on OA-7. OA-7 is scheduled for launch in April 2017 from Cape Canaveral, FL. The exact date is TBD. After launch CSUNSat1 will be delivered to the International Space Station and await deployment in the near future.

View our antenna deployment / communications link test video here.

Articles:

Awards:

Publications:

  • K. B. Chin, M.C. Smart, E. J. Brandon, G. S. Bolotin, N. K. Palmer, S. Katz, and J. A. Flynn, "Li-ion Battery and Super-capacitor Hybrid Energy System for Low Temperature SmallSat Applications", AIAA Small Satellite Conference, Aug. 2014.
  • G. S. Bolotin, K. B. Chin, M. C. Smart, E. J. Brandon, N. K. Palmer, S. Katz, J. A. Flynn, "Design and test of the Payload Electronics and In-flight Sequence Development for the CSUNSat1 Low Temperature Battery Experiment", AIAA Small Satellite Conference, August 2015.
  • K.B. Chin, M.C. Smart, E.J. Brandon, G.S. Bolotin, N.K. Palmer, S. Katz, J. A. Flynn, “Developing a Li-ion Battery and Super-capacitor Hybrid Energy System for High Power, Low Temperature Deep Space Applications: A Collaboration Between JPL and CSUN“, Space Power Conference, May 13th 2015.
  • K.B. Chin, M.C. Smart, E.J. Brandon, G.S. Bolotin, N.K. Palmer, S. Katz, J. A. Flynn, “Advanced Power Sources for the Next Generation of CubeSat”, JPL All-Hands Seminar, July 31st 2015.
  • Charles Norton, et al, "Advancing Science and Technology via Smallsat Systems: From Earth to Beyond LEO," 7th European CubeSat Symposium, Liege, Belgium, September 2015.
  • J. Flynn, S. Katz, A. Kaplan, "An Affordable Test Equipment and Simulation Suite for CubeSat Development," Spring 2016 CubeSat Workshop, April 2016.
  • I. Benson, A. Kaplan, J. Flynn, and S. Katz, "Design of a Bare-Metal Flight Software System for a Fault-Tolerant and Deterministic CubeSat," in Proceedings of the Annual Global Online Conference on Information and Computer Technology (GOCICT), 2016.

For more information on CSUNSat1, contact Dr. Sharlene Katz at skatz@csun.edu

Thank you to our partners and sponsors.





Goal: Space test a low temperature capable, battery/ultra-capacitor power system

Battery:

  • Operates down to -50°C and maintains most of its specific energy
  • Operates without heater

Ultra-capacitor:

  • Provides energy during peak transient loads
  • Limits discharge/recharge

This new power system will:

  • Extend the potential lifetime of power systems
  • Lowers spacecraft mass
  • Lowers power requirements

CSUNSat1 Spacecraft unique features:

  • Custom power system designed to:
    • Dissipate heat outside of the spacecraft
    • Switch batteries during flight on command
  • Satellite antenna designed to maximize worst case link availability at the horizon with no attitude control
  • Customized bare metal software with no operating system to improve reliability
  • Ground station with customized mission control, satellite tracking, and doppler correction software

 

Project Timeline

Thank you to our partners and sponsors.





A ground station located at California State University, Northridge includes the following:

  • Kenwood TS-2000 UHF/VHF Transceiver
  • Kantronics Packet Communicator 9612 Plus
  • Steerable yagi with 13dBi of gain controlled by custom tracking software
  • Adjustment for doppler on transmit and receive using custom software



Thank you to our partners and sponsors.





The CSUNSat1 laboratory includes the following customized test equipment designed by CSUN faculty:

  • Solar Simulator: Uses LabVIEW to provide a first order approximation of a solar panel. Has the ability to change the power output to the satellite due to changes in satellite in real time.
  • Battery Simulator: Programmable simulator can be charged and discharged with safety protection.
  • Load Simulator: Controllable constant current load used in rapid testing.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors.





The CSUNSat1 spacecraft has been designed, built, and testing by California State University students and faculty.

A team of four faculty:

  • Prof. Sharlene Katz
  • Prof. James Flynn
  • Prof. Adam Kaplan
  • Prof. David Schwartz

has worked with over 70 CSUN students:

  • William Fisher (Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), TAMKO Building Products
  • Matthew Keyawa (Jan. 2013 - present): B.S./M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2012/2014), Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Nicholas Keyawa (Jan. 2013 - present)
  • Andy Kurum (Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013): B.S. in Electrical Engineering(2013), M.S. in Computer Engineering(2015), Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Steven Parks (Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), Raytheon
  • Kev Sepetci (Jan. 2013 - present): B.S. in Computer Engineering (2013)
  • Rufus Simon (Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Joseph Zitkus (Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2013): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014)
  • Arnold Martinez (June 2013 - May 2014): B.S. in Computer Science (2014), Aberdeen Test Center
  • David Castro (June 2013 - May 2014): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), L.A. Department of Water and Power
  • Robert Cholvin (June 2013 - August 2013): B.A. in Applied Math (2014)
  • George Randel (June 2013 - August 2013)
  • James Downs (June 2013 - Dec. 2013)
  • Gor Beglaryan (June 2013 - May 2014)
  • William Cannon (August 2013 - May 2014)
  • Kyle Figatner (August 2013 - May 2014): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), L.A. Department of Water and Power
  • Aaron Lawson (August 2013 - May 2014)
  • Edras Lepe-Zapata (August 2013 - May 2014)
  • Roberto Orrostieta (August 2013 - May 2014): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), LA Department of Water and Power
  • Michael Beirdneau (Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2015)
  • Carl Chesko (Jan. 2014 - present): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2015), Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Gerardo Coronado (Jan 2014 - present)
  • Michael Groom (Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014), U.S. Navy Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  • Kiran Iyer (Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014)
  • Sopan Khurana (Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014)
  • Scott Okuma (Jan. 2014 - May 2014)
  • Simon King (Jan. 2014 - present)
  • Robert Turner (Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014)
  • Warren Kaye (August 2013 - May 2014)
  • Michael Landers (August 2013 - May 2014): B.S. in Computer Science (2015), Apple Computer
  • Cameron McAteer (August 2013 - May 2014)
  • Gregory Pease (August 2013 - May 2014)
  • Andranik Andy Tonoyan (August 2013 - May 2014): B.S. in Computer Science (2014), Software Engineering at Riot Games
  • Candace Walden (Jan. 2014 - present)
  • Arman Hayrikian (Jan. 2014 - May 2014)
  • Jack Buffington (Jan. 2014 - May 2014)
  • Natalia Alonso (June 2014 - May 2015): B.S. in Computer Science (2015), FatTail Inc.
  • Ilia Benson (June 2014 - present)
  • Jonathan Castello (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Donald Eckels (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Jared Fowler (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Benjamin Plotkin (June 2014 - May 2015): B.S. in Computer Science (Expected: 2016)
  • Paul Jessen (August 2013 - May 2015): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Dec. 2015)
  • Gevorg Yegiazaryan, E.I.T. (June 2014 - May 2015): B.S. in Electrical Engineering, May 2014.
  • Todd Hurst (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Michael Turner (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Kyle Abrahamsen (June 2014 - May 2015): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2015), NAVFAC Port Hueneme Naval Base
  • Jean Korkis (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Juan Moreno (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Joshua Meadors (June 2014 - May 2015)
  • Iron Tessaro (June 2014 - December 2014)
  • Elizabeth Tafoya (August 2014 - May 2015)
  • James Bopp (Jan. 2015 - May 2015)
  • Jonathan Yeager (Jan. 2015 - May 2015)
  • Yair Arbeli (Jan. 2015 - May 2015)
  • Jose Gonzalez (January 2015 - present)
  • Walter Gonzalez (January 2015 - present)
  • Matthew Ingram (January 2015 - present): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (expected May 2016)
  • Robert Palmer (January 2015 - present)
  • Sigi Rodriguez (January 2015 - present)
  • Taylor Santre (January 2015 - present)
  • Rosy Davis (January 2015 - present)
  • Nereida Herrera (January 2015 - present)
  • Phuoc Ma (June 2015 - present)
  • Gary Gamble (June 2015 - present): B.S. in Computer Engineering (Expected: 2016), Crane Aerospace and Electronics
  • Clifford Williams (June 2015 - present)
  • Chris Tufenkjian (June 2015 - present): M.S. in Computer Science (2016), Edmunds.com
  • Cesar Garcia(June 2015 - present): B.S. in Computer Science (Expected: 2016)
  • Sandra Dheming Lemus (June 2015 - present)
  • Priya Malavia (June 2015 - present)
  • Timothy Friedman (September 2015 - present): B.S. in Computer Science (2016)
  • Nghia Tran (June 2015 - August 2015)
  • Armen Arslanian (June 2015 - present): B.S. in Computer Engineering (Expected: 2017)
  • Nicolas Eng (June 2015 - present): B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Expected: 2016)
  • Daniel Goodale (August 2015 - December 2015): M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Expected: 2016), Edwards Air Force Base
  • JP Palacio (January 2016 - present)

 

 

Thank you to our partners and sponsors.





Spring 2013:

Summer 2013:

August 2013: Presentation at CSUN to JPL

September 2013: Family and Friends Night

Fall 2013 Team

Spring 2014 Team

Summer 2014 Team

Fall 2014 Team

Spring 2015 Team

Summer / Fall 2015 Team

Spring 2016 Team

CSUNSat1 Celebration, June 17, 2016
See photos at: http://www.csun.edu/cubesat/partyPhotos.html

Fall 2016 Fit Check

Packing (12/30/2106) and Shipping (01/03/2017)

Integration into Deployer at Nanoracks (1/5/2017)

Engineers' Council Awards Banquet


 

 

Thank you to our partners and sponsors.