Recent Progress on the Design of a CubeSat IoT Payload
The proliferation of CubeSats in recent years has enabled many mission ideas to better monitor the environment. CubeSats are able to collect a significant amount of in-situ or remote sensing information by using advanced sensor and computer technologies, yet the capabilities for data communication remain very basic for CubeSats. It is anticipated that the terrestrial mobile communication and network schemes can be employed in space to enhance the connectivity. In the paper, an internet of thing (IoT) payload for CubeSat application is discussed. The design harvests the existing network layer design and adopts a flexible software-defined radio to realize ad hoc communication. The CubeSat mission for the test of the payload is also discussed.
Jyh-Ching Juang is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He received the B. S. and M. S. degrees from National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, in 1980 and 1982, respectively, and the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1987. He was with Lockheed Aeronautical System Company, Burbank before he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan in 1993. Dr. Juang is a pioneer in introducing nano-satellite technologies into university curriculum and promoting space related education. He is the principal investigator of several micro-satellite and CubeSat projects.