Agile manufacturing in the NewSpace sector – with NanoAvionics

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Episode 9 of the Space Industry podcast is a discussion with NanoAvionics about the engineering and production challenges that space companies face when scaling up supply.

In this episode we speak with Vytenis Buzas, CEO and Co-Founder of NanoAvionics about agile manufacturing of space technologies.

NanoAvionics is a nanosatellite mission integrator, with facilities in North America and Europe, that delivers satellite buses and propulsion systems for the satellite applications market, and is also a satsearch member. We discuss:

  • How to develop a one-off product into a modular system while maintaining performance
  • Achieving the best balance of automated production processes and human engineering
  • How to plan for the scaling up of hardware development before it is required
  • Working with other aspects of the space domain (including ground, launch, and testing) in an agile manner
  • What can be learned from other industry sectors to help accelerate development in space

About NanoAvionics’ products and services

The NanoAvionics UHF radio SAT2RF1-1D is a half-duplex radio with high performance low power consumption transceiver controlled by a dedicated ARM Cortex-M4 MCU. The software of the module has two options: local configuration, where the radio is completely controlled by PC, and remote configuration, which is dedicated for stand-alone operation.

The NanoAvionics Star Tracker ST-1 is a star tracker featuring SoC system circuit, optimized design of star catalogue, and star map recognition processing algorithm. The Star sensors are designed for measuring the line-of-sight vector to celestial objects that can be observed by the sensor.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 1U Satellite Bus is a 1U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the bus is optimized for demonstration, training, store and forward, transponder, AIS, or other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 2U Satellite Bus is a 2U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M2P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. The system uses the open source FreeRTOS real-time operating system.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 3U Satellite Bus is a 3U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M3P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. The system uses the open source FreeRTOS real-time operating system.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 6U Satellite Bus is a 6U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M6P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. M6P configuration for Earth Observation (EO) missions are available as an option.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 12U Satellite Bus is a 12U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M12P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. M6P configuration for Earth Observation (EO) missions are available as an option.

The NanoAvionics Multi-Purpose 16U Satellite Bus is a 16U satellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. The standard configuration of the M16P bus is for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. M6P configuration for Earth Observation (EO) missions are available as an option.

The NanoAvionics Microsatellite Bus MP42 is a microsatellite bus with modular design, and standardized architecture optimized for constellation. All the subsystems of the MP42 bus are 20krad radiation tolerant. The subsystems of the MP42 are flight-proven as part of different missions. The MP42 bus includes a propulsion system. MP42 FlatSat access will be provided.

The NanoAvionics SatBus MTQ M6P are magnetorquer rods to enable nanosatellite attitude control, designed as a part of NanoAvionics SatBus platform. It can also be used with any third party ADCS controllers that can provide H-bridge PWM controlled voltage outputs to torquer coil.

The NanoAvionics Magnetorquers MTQ3X are a set of two (X and Y-axis) magnetorquer rods and one air core Z-axis magnetorquer coil. The rods and coil are mounted on a PC/104 form factor PCB to enable nanosatellite attitude control. The system is designed as a part of NanoAvionics “SatBus” nanosatellite platform. It can also be used with any third party ADCS controllers.

The NanoAvionics UHF Antenna System 1X2U is an antenna system consisting of RF Splitter and 4 monopole antennae. RF Splitter is a key element in turnstile antenna systems. It matches impedance and splits one RF signal into a phasing network to form a single circular polarized antenna. This results in almost omnidirectional radiation pattern with no blind spots.

The NanoAvionics UHF Antenna System 1X1U is an antenna system consisting of RF Splitter and 4 monopole antennae. RF Splitter is a key element in turnstile antenna systems. It matches impedance and splits one RF signal into a phasing network to form a single circular polarized antenna. This results in almost omnidirectional radiation pattern with no blind spots.

The NanoAvionics UHF Antenna System 2X2U is an antenna system consisting of RF Splitter and 4 monopole antennae. RF Splitter is a key element in turnstile antenna systems. It matches impedance and splits one RF signal into a phasing network to form a single circular polarized antenna. This results in almost omnidirectional radiation pattern with no blind spots.

The NanoAvionics CubeSat Structural Frames are nanosatellite structures with a generic modular design and CubeSat Design Specification compatibility. The structure is designed to provide a high level of freedom in the CubeSat spacecraft configuration. The frameworks are made from aluminum 7075-T651, which assures rigidity, lightweight, and durability.

The NanoAvionics EPS Electrical Power System is a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) power conditioning and distribution unit. The EPS is equipped with four MPPT converters with eight solar panel input channels. The system features Lithium-Ion batteries with integrated Battery Management System (BMS) which help to prolong mission lifetime and ensure appropriate operating conditions.

The NanoAvionics GaAs solar arrays is a solar array made of triple junction space grade solar cells designed for high power requirements. These solar cells contain by-pass diodes to protect the solar cell strings connected in series, from shadowing effects or from individual cell failure. Solar cells are assembled using NASA qualified low outgassing adhesive materials in cleanroom environment.

The NanoAvionics GaAs solar arrays is a solar array made of triple junction space grade solar cells designed for high power requirements. These solar cells contain by-pass diodes to protect the solar cell strings connected in series, from shadowing effects or from individual cell failure. Solar cells are assembled using NASA qualified low outgassing adhesive materials in cleanroom environment.

The NanoAvionics Payload Controller 1.5 is a subsystem designed to interface between the payloads and NanoAvionics CubeSat bus. The controller provides a number of different interfaces for payload connection and can buffer data from payloads. It also controls the S-Band transmitter or transceiver to transmit the buffered data to ground Station.

The NanoAvionics Reaction Wheels are provided as a separate component or an integral four- reaction wheels redundant 3-axis control system. The separate component of the reaction wheel is referred as RWO, and the integral control system is referred as 4RWO. The reaction wheel control system is designed to enable precision pointing of the small satellite.

The NanoAvionics SatBus 3C2 is an integrated small satellite main bus unit with the CubeSat standard compatibility and ARM Cortex™ M7 32-bit core MCU. The functionality includes an on-board flight computer (OBC), an attitude determination & control system (ADCS), and a redundant UHF communication system (COMM) (optional).

The NanoAvionics SatCOM FMTP is a FM repeater for small satellite that is fully pre-programmable and configurable prior to shipment. Repeater can be activated/de-activated simply by switching on/off the power supply. When the repeater is activated for the first time, a voice message is transmitted once. Later the message is transmitted repeatedly for every 4 minutes.

The NanoAvionics Propulsion System EPSS C1.5 is a monopropellant propulsion system with a modular design and ADN-based green propellant. The system is designed for small satellites with a compatibility to CubeSats. The scalability can be achieved through adjusting the tank volume to accommodate different quantity of propellant.

The NanoAvionics Propulsion System EPSS C2 is a monopropellant propulsion system with a modular design and ADN-based green propellant. The system is designed for small satellites with a compatibility to CubeSats. The scalability can be achieved through adjusting the tank volume to accommodate different quantity of propellant.

Hosted payload flight service

NanoAvionics also offers a hosted payload flight service. The rideshare mission includes all services associated with bus launch and operations, including:

  • Payload integration,
  • Performance testing,
  • Spacecraft registration,
  • Commissioning of the spacecraft, and
  • Secure data delivery.

Click here to find out more about this service.

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