HuskySat-1

Purpose

HuskySat-1 is a 3U CubeSat designed, built, and tested by the Husky Satellite Lab. HuskySat-1's goal is to test two experimental payloads, a Pulsed Plasma Thruster, and a high-frequency K-band communication system, as well as hosting an Amateur Radio Linear Transponder.

HuskySat-1, is being developed by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Washington and will be launched into Low Earth Orbit to become the first amateur satellite from Washington state. This CubeSat will demonstrate the capabilities of new technologies being developed at the University of Washington and expand the capabilities of CubeSats as a whole. In particular, a high-thrust pulsed plasma thruster (PPT), and high-gain communications system will form the core technology suite on board the satellite. The HuskySat-1 will also be flying a newly developed Amateur Radio Linear Transponder developed by AMSAT which will contribute to the worldwide communication networks built and operated by ham radio enthusiasts.

Mission Objectives

The primary mission objectives are:

  • Delivery of system by November 2018
  • 3 months of operation
  • Operational PPT with measurable ∆V
  • Downlink of 100kb using high frequency K-band antenna
  • Host an Amateur Radio AMSAT Radio

The secondary mission objectives are:

  • 3-6 months of operation
  • Measure between 100 m s to 250m s ∆V
  • 100Mb downlink from a reflectarray antenna
  • Flight of camera payload from local High School
  • Establish ground station with high frequency capabilities

Non-Technical Objectives:

  • Lay groundwork for future CubeSat missions
  • Open hardware and software licensing
  • Publishable results

Design Approach

Almost all of HuskySat-1 is being developed at the UW. The satellite is broken up into different subsystems. Each component is designed to be modular so that they can be most easily developed independently from each other and reused for future missions.