TRISAT-R SkyLabs GNSS Receiver Locked in Medium Earth Orbit

We are very pleased to announce that the SkyLabs on-board computer with an embedded GNSS receiver provided for the TRISAT-R mission has successfully locked to the navigation signals at the planned altitude of approximately 6000 km in the Medium Earth orbit (MEO).

For the TRISAT-R mission SkyLabs 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, two ultraminiaturized cameras and two payloads: the miniaturised full-duplex TM/TC CCSDS compliant communication subsystem NANOlink and the high-performance fault tolerant onboard computer NANOhpm, with CAES’s NOEL-V RISC processor inside.

After successful deployment of the TRISAT-R satellite into the MEO at approximately 6000 km flying onboard the latest VEGA-C rocket, which was launched in July from French Guiana, the commissioning phase of the spacecraft began being performed by University of Maribor. The onboard computer from SkyLabs with an embedded GNSS receiver got a lock to navigation signals at approximately 5860 km.

About TRISAT-R mission

TRISAT-R is an institutional non-commercial nanosatellite mission primed by the University of Maribor under the contract with ESA and in cooperation with CERN and Slovenian company SkyLabs. The mission is aiming to provide valued ionizing radiation measurements from the MEO.