Magnetic control forms the basis of all LEO missions. This ADCS unit provides all the sensors and actuators required for magnetic control.

The standard components included in this bundle are:

  • CubeComputer: Radiation tolerant OBC
  • CubeControl: Sensor and actuator interface board + 3-Axis Gyro
  • 10x Coarse Sun Sensors: Sun-sensitive photodiodes
  • 2x CubeTorquer Rods + 1x CubeTorquer Coil
  • 1x CubeMag: Deployable 3-Axis magnetometer
  • Compiled Magnetic ADCS Control Program (ACP): Program running on CubeComputer

Optional extras include:

  • Redundant magnetometer: Non-deployble type
  • Unlock CubeComputer: Enables user to use Computer as OBC
  • Software Support: Hourly support for custom firmware

Typical Application

The pure magnetic ADCS unit is typically used in 1U satellites, but is not limited to them. In these satellites, accurate pointing is rarely a requirement and space is very limited. This ADCS unit provides a robust, compact unit to get a 1U satellite from its initial random tumble, to a controlled slow spin. As space is typically very limited in such a 1U mission, the OBC of the ADCS unit can be unlocked to act as both ADCS and main OBC.

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The following controllers are included in the magnetic ADCS:

  • B-Dot: Damps X and Z-rates
  • Y-Spin: Controls to a reference spin in orbital plane

The typical ADCS capabilities of the satellite are:

The typical ADCS capabilities of the satellite would be: