A powerful CircuitPython compatible nanosatellite (PocketQube) maker kitDesigned by #BHDynamics in Spain
Overview DynOSSAT-EDU is a CircuitPython compatible, open source nanosatellite development kit designed for makers, students and amateurs. Our aim is to provide the DIY and educational communities wi…Read More…
DynOSSAT-EDU is a CircuitPython compatible, open source nanosatellite development kit designed for makers, students and amateurs. Our aim is to provide the DIY and educational communities with a complete and realistic PocketQube platform (just 5x5 cm!) that includes all the necessary modules for the operation of a real nanosatellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that would serve as a device for teaching, training or just driving curiosity about the philosophy and technology related to NewSpace.
The system is composed of three different, standalone boards using Libre Space Foundation’s PQ60 form factor, but replacing the PQ60 connector for an easier to use 1.27 mm 40-pin header (that we called the PQBH40). Each board fulfills the purpose of a real nanosatellite subsystem:
OBC (On Board Computer), integrates an IMU (Accelerometer + Magnetometer + Gyroscope), a temperature sensor and a multi gas sensor. At its heart is a powerful ATSAMD51 MCU, well-known for its extensive use in the maker community.
EPS (Electric Power System). Integrates the battery management and power distribution subsystems, including charging through solar panels using flight-proven MPPT electronics. It also carries an ATSAMD21 for overall management.
SatComm (Communications). This board integrates a long range LoRa module to simulate LEO-Earth communications and a PAN 2.4 GHz module (based on the nRF52832 SoC) to simulate LEO-LEO communications and to allow communication with mobile apps for teaching and simulation projects using Smartphones.
The OBC and the EPS are fully supported by CircuitPython and the Arduino framework, which makes them ideal for their use in the maker community. Since the nRF52832 still does not have CircuitPython support, you’ll have to use native nRF52 SDK, mBed OS or the Arduino core for it.
In addition to these, a fourth board is also available: the Header Adapter. This is a simple board that breaks out the small 1.27 mm PQBH bus to two 2.54 mm pin headers so you can easily connect dupont cables to other peripherals.
Here is an overview of the technical characteristics of the boards:
You'll receive the following with your order:
If you’ve purchased the full DynOSSAT-EDU kit, you will get the following:
Since the device boards are standalone, we also offer the possibility of getting only the pieces you want. By default, you'll get just the OBC!
Sadly, because of strict shipping regulations we are not able to include a Li-Po battery with the kit. If you want to battery power the kit, you'll have to get one. We recommend a 503040 3.7V 600 mAh one!
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