TRISAT-R Ready to Fly to MEO

TRISAT-R nanosatellite primed by the University of Maribor in cooperation with SkyLabs d.o.o. is ready to fly on the VV21 VEGA-C Maiden Flight to the Middle Earth Orbit at altitude of approximately 6000 km. The satellite was transported to French Guiana by SAB-LS and was successfully integrated to the LARES-2 structure. The pioneering mission aims to provide valued ionizing radiation measurements from a Medium Earth Orbit. Additional experiments onboard the TRISAT-R will be demonstrating Radiation Hardened by Design mitigation techniques for protection of high-performance and high-density electronic components targeting the upcoming era of Artificial Intelligence in Space applications.

SkyLabs is partner in the project and has provided a newly updated PicoSkyFT processing core with a single precision IEEE754 compliant floating-point unit (FPU) to ensure the best compromise in terms of performance and power consumption for the attitude determination control and general onboard data handling. In addition, SkyLabs have provided two ultraminiaturized cameras for this mission with volume less than one cubic millimetre.

There are two payloads from SkyLabs onboard the TRISAT-R spacecraft that are being utilised as experiments. The miniaturised full-duplex TM/TC CCSDS compliant communication subsystem NANOlink and the high-performance RISC-V fault tolerant onboard computer NANOhpm. The NANOlink communication subsystem will operate in a close loop radio setup to demonstrate and validate operations in a highly energetic environment as MEO. The aim of the NANOhpm high-performance computer is to demonstrate intensive computations by analysing GNSS signals scintillations in MEO orbit using an open GNSS receiver. Up to our knowledge, this will also be the first RISC-V fault tolerant processor flying in Space.

The launch is currently planned for 7 July 2022 in French Guiana.

All the best TRISAT-R!!!