The aluminium frame provides a strong, durable and accurate structure for RAS.CubeSat's components to attach to. The frame is designed to look and feel exactly like a real satellite, providing an exciting experience for students.
Each piece is CNC machined and post-processed in-house.
To maximise durability, all pieces are anodised, which provides a hard protective surface finish. Furthermore, a tough stainless steel or brass thread insert is installed everywhere that a screw is required, ensuring the satellite can be assembled and disassembled over and over and over.
The electronics system is what brings real functionality to RAS.CubeSat. Each starter kit includes five circuit boards, including the Electrical Power System (EPS), On-Board Computer (OBC), sensor suite, telemetry system and prototyping board. These circuit boards work together to collect data and transmit it to a computer for display and analysis.
RAS.CubeSat includes six high-efficiency solar cells to ensure the satellite looks and functions accurate to real satellites. These solar cells charge two Li-Ion batteries, providing power to the satellite's systems.
Wireless Telemetry and Display
RAS.CubeSat wirelessly sends data to a USB-style receiver which plugs into any Windows or Mac OS computer. RAS.Software then displays this data in live graphs and graphics on-screen. Students are also able to download the data as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.
For students or classes who wish to take things further, RAS.CubeSat is designed with expandability in mind. Add-on modules can be purchased to add functionality such as camera imaging, advanced sensors, internet connection and more. Ambitious students can develop their own modules which are compatible with RAS.CubeSat, as the entire satellite is programmed through the Arduino IDE.
Electronic systems are currently under development. As such, their exact specifications and functionality are expected to evolve until the final version.
Seamless Integration into the Classroom
Incorporate RAS.CubeSat into classes, run a workshop or tinker after school... however you choose to use RAS.CubeSat, RAS is eager to provide clear resources and guidance.
Simply put, we don't want you spending hours learning how to use RAS.CubeSat or learning about space technology.