We are creating an environment for sharing knowledge and ideas.
We want to stimulate wider interest and extend access to knowledge that will catalyse the next generation of mission developers and end users, utilising the Open Source Satellite platform as the tool for achieving the next step in affordable, high-capability satellite missions.
We are creating a library of Resources that will be made available to everyone. These Resources will address the full end-to-end mission lifecycle and provide you with the information you need to develop your own open source satellite mission. Our aim is to make the full set of Resources available 12 months after the launch of our first Open Source Satellite mission.
Contact us if you would like to play a part in helping to develop the solution, by contributing to, or collaborating with the opensourcesatellite.org community.
Articles describing our experiences as we create a fully open source, next generation microsatellite platform.
All of our Articles can be accessed here.
Many diverse subject areas will be introduced and discussed as we progress through the mission milestones.
You can search for a specific topic and join the conversation in the Comments section of every article.
Approach, Methodology and Viewpoints
The approach and methodologies applied to developing the platform definition.
The system capabilities that are derived and defined for each generation of the open source satellite platform will be driven by the Viewpoints described in this section.
The approach and methodologies that will be applied to developing the platform definition can also be found here.
Mission Design, CONOPS and Mission Success / Failure Criteria
Mission design cases and concepts of operation.
Find out more about the Concept of Operations for the Open Source Satellite.
It’s important to have clarity about what minimum level of performance and function is required to constitute mission success, as this can have a significant impact on the system architecture.
Our thought process will be captured here.
Systems Engineering, System Architecture and Platform Architecture
Architecture and Systems Engineering material.
This section will define how the associated hardware and software will be integrated from a functional perspective.
A Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach is being adopted for managing the end to end mission elements. The system model will reside in this section.
Some missions may require enhanced AOCS performance, more power, or CONOPs that cannot be addressed with our baseline definition.
Some candidate mission scenarios will be considered, with a discussion of the trade-off decisions that will need to be made.
The terminology used throughout the opensourcesatellite.org website.
Collaborative developments work best when we’re all talking the same language.
Interface Control Documentation
Documents that will ensure compatibility between the different elements of the mission architecture.
The Open Source Satellite Platform is being designed to support a wide range of payloads, to fly on diverse dedicated and rideshare launch vehicles, and to be compatible with a wide range of ground segment networks.
If you have a payload that you want to fly, or if you’re a customer, integrator or end user that wants to create a mission, here’s where you’ll be able to find information on integrating, accommodating and operating mission payloads.
The design tools that will be used to design and develop the spacecraft platform, system and mission.
The design tools used throughout the mission life cycle will be defined here.
Bill Of Materials
Lists of parts and materials used in the manufacture of the Open Source Satellite platform.
Parts and materials lists will be released so that you are able to independently source the items and manage your production costs and schedule.
Schematic diagrams for the satellite platform electronic subsystems.
Access information on the components and devices that are used in each unit of the spacecraft platform and the power, data and interface connections that join everything together.
Printed circuit board layouts for the platform electronic subsystems.
Progressing from logical schematic connections to systems that you can build.
The details on the physical footprint, layout, orientation of components, routing and construction will be released in this section.
Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Drawings, Processes and Procedures
Mechanical drawings and the accompanying manufacturing processes and procedures.
Our desire is to increase the ease and simplicity of manufacture and to create an increasingly-integrated platform.
Drawings and manufacturing information will reside in this section.
Operating System, Flight Software and Source Code
Satellite platform software and source code.
This is where you will be able to access the information that you will need to start running your own spacecraft platform: the most recent images of the software and the source code that will be on-board the satellite for Nominal Operations, Non-Nominal Operations and End of Life.
Core and Mission-Specific platform tasks, plus Payload tasks will be posted here (subject to payload provider and customer permission).
Plans for verifying and validating the spacecraft functions and performance.
The plans and procedures for validating and verifying the spacecraft functions and performance will be posted here.
It’s essential that there is clarity about what needs to be verified and why, and when this will be done. The V&V matrices will define this, and the V&V plans will provide additional context and justification.
Training and Development
Information to support your individual and team development.
A key part of maximizing the value of space missions and in sustaining future benefits is ensuring that knowledge is created and shared within the community. Useful information to support individual and team development will be posted here.
Contact us if you seek additional tailored training material or dedicated coaching through the mission implementation process.