Testing

Flatsat + MDC

Take a satellite, and explodicate it into easily accessible pieces you can plug programmers and debugging equipment into. This a "flatsat". The MDC (which stands for... something?) acts as a mini ground station and remote computer for programming and debugging.


MORE SOON.

Thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC)

We need to freeze, bake, and put the satellite in a vacuum. We do that in our TVAC chamber, which is a loaner from Dr. Sanchez in PSU Physics. Thank you Dr. Sanchez!!!


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Vibration testing (vibe)

3 axis vibration and acceleration according to NASA specifications. Basically, strap satellite down and watch it shake itself to pieces. Don't forget the Loctite!

Thank you Chris from the local Tektronix Quality Lab who lets us occasionally come in and shake the living hell out of our satellite!

EMC testing

We can test antennas and EMC in PSU's amazing RF anechoic chamber.


MORE SOON.

HelMOLTZ CAGE

A DIY Helmholtz "cage" of three (X,Y,Z) Helmholtz coils that precisely controls magnetic field vector inside. Used to test magnetometers and magnetorquers.

Status: Mostly operational. Needs some polishing of the UI software.

Source: oresat-helmholtz