R&D and training,our primary goals.
- Satellites and space applications
- Thermal control of spacecrafts
- Radiation effects in space systems
- Reconfigurable computing (FPGA, HDL)
- Protocols for space communications
- Test and fault tolerance
- Heat exchange and heat pipes
- Real time and critical embedded systems
Please, click here to learn more about present and past missions and projects.
Master and PhD candidates are welcome to develop their research work in the laboratory’s research topics, and also in new topics to be proposed. Undergraduate students can develop their final year projects, and also join the laboratory to take part in the on-going space missions.
The list of scientific papers published in the lab in space related topics is listed next. There is a list also of Master and PhD thesis.
SPACELAB PAPERS ARE BEING UPDATED
Nanosatellites have become an affordable opportunity to reach the space. They are small satellites with total mass ranging from 1 to 10kg with the needed subsystems to satisfy a common satellite mission (including payloads). This thesis focuses on the nanosatellite’s Electrical Power System, a printed circuit board (PCB) which interacts with power sources (solar panels), with storage units (batteries) and with other satellite’s subsystems (On-Board Data Handling – OBDH; Telemetry, Tracking and Command – TT&C, Attitude Determination and Control System – ADCS; and payloads.)…
FPGA devices although built to be robust, are not everlasting. They are not completely invulnerable to the occurrence of faults, whether temporary or permanent. Whereas the test after manufacturing detects all faults due to production process, in normal conditions, at sea level, even with the recent nanometric technologies, the manifestation of permanent faults in FPGAs during their expected life cycle is considered to be near zero. However, in hostile conditions, such as in space where radiation levels are higher (or terrestrial environments such as nuclear power plants, nuclear physics research centers, particle accelerators, etc.), the rate of permanent faults in an FPGA device can not be neglected.
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