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DynOSSAT-EDU is a platform specially developed to learn everything about the systems used in nanosatellites. Dive into NewSpace with the ease of using Circuit Python or the Arduino IDE.

DynOSSAT-EDU

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 PCB), 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 PCB). 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 PCB). 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 can use native nRF52 SDK, mBed OS or the Arduino Framework for it.

In order to support commonly used maker devices, we have designed a PQBH40 Adapter board that breaks out the bus to two 2x10 2.54 mm pin headers, fully compatible with standard Dupont cables.

If you are a company, a makerspace or an education center (University, High School, etc), do not hesitate in asking us directly. We'll be pleased to help and give you personalized support.