CMC – CubeSat UHF/VHF Transceiver

The UHF/VHF transceiver is a compact telemetry and command radio designed for CubeSat missions. It is compatible with the CubeSat standard, with a CubeSat Kit PC/104 form factor. The transceiver implements GMSK and AFSK modulation schemes with data rates of 9600 and 1200 baud respectively. The transceiver was part of the ZACUBE-1 mission, South Africa’s first launched CubeSat.

The transceiver is ideal for missions where a low data-rate downlink/uplink is required. The transceiver can also be used as a robust lower data-rate back-up radio for a higher data-rate radio. The AX.25 protocol scheme implemented is popular among amateur radio enthusiasts.

Transceiver Brochure – Download

Transceiver Interface Control Document (ICD) – Download

Available through Clyde Space

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STX – S-Band Transmitter

The STX is a compact S-Band Transmitter designed for CubeSat missions. It is compatible with the CubeSat standard, with a CubeSat Kit PC/104 form factor. The STX implements QPSK modulation with transmission data rates of up to 2 Mbps. The transmitter was part of the UKube-1 mission, the UK Space Agency’s first national spacecraft.

The STX is ideal for space missions where a high data-rate downlink is needed. The STX uses an open network encoding scheme based on the IntelSAT IESS-308 specification which makes this product compatible with low-cost commercial receivers.

Transmitter Brochure – Download

Transmitter Interface Control Document (ICD) – Download

Available through Clyde Space

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XTX – X-Band Transmitter

The XTX is an extremely compact X-Band transmitter designed for CubeSat missions. It is compatible with the CubeSat standard, with a CubeSat Kit PC/104 form factor. The transmitter implements OQPSK and QPSK modulation with transmission data rates of up to 50 Mbps.

The XTX is ideal for space missions where a high data-rate downlink is needed. The STX uses an open network encoding scheme based on the IntelSAT IESS-308 specification which makes this product compatible with low-cost commercial receivers.

Transmitter Brochure – Download

Available Q2 2017 through Clyde Space

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S-Band Patch Antenna

The S-Band patch antenna can easily be mounted on the nadir facing side of the CubeSat. A wide beamwidth ensures satellite communication from low elevation angles without the need to point the satellite. The antenna exhibits a good input reflection coefficient which allows for efficient radiation of up to 2 W of RF power. The antenna was part of the UKube-1 mission, the UK Space Agency’s first national spacecraft.

Antenna Brochure – Download

Antenna Interface Control Document (ICD) – Download

Available through Clyde Space

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Afri-Cansat

The Afri-Cansat is a ‘satellite in a soda-can’, with subsystems similar to what is found in real satellites. These kits are used in our outreach programme where the Afri-Cansats are launched with helium balloons whilst sending telemetry and images back to the ground station.

Our Cansats are formally incorporated into the curriculum of Curro, who is piloting the kits in their science and technology subjects nationally.

Available through F’SATI directly.

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