A MODERN MISSION FOR A NEW SPACE ERA
What is ContentCube?
ContentCube will be a 1U (10 x 10 x 10 cm) CubeSat with the first ever external display screen exposed in space. Its objective is to take a picture of itself with an image displayed on the screen with Earth in the background before sending it back down. There are two patent-pending technologies with ContentCube which includes the external display screen and the thermal control system.
Hover and Click on the red lines to learn more about the components that make up our satellite!
The display screen will be the first external display to be exposed to the space environment. This monitor will display the images and "selfies" sent to the CubeSat by users.
The On Board Controller also known as the Flight Computer for the mission is our own custom solution. It allows us to integrate multiple subsystems into one printed circuit board. This allows us to reduce complexity of the design and saves space inside the CubeSat.
Electric Power Supply
This will allow ContentCube to reduce the time spent charging in orbit and increase the amount of time spent taking pictures.
ContentCube will be equipped with the Gomspace Nanocom AX100 Transceiver. With a max data rate of 38.4 kps and a programmable carrier frequence, it will allow inspireFly to meet mission success in transmitting images back to ground.
ContentCube will utilize the antenna for transmitting and receiving images from the ground station at Virginia Tech. Its design will allow ContentCube to transmit in any orientation while in orbit.
The camera will be fastened to a boom mechanism facing the display screen. This will help inspireFly meet mission success criteria of photographing an image of the monitor with Earth in the background.
Tape Measure Boom
The boom will deploy on command and will extend the camera to the optimal length to photograph the satellite. Boom prototypes are currently being tested.
This is a flight proven commercial of the shelf chassis that is reliable and cost effective. Structural analysis has been conducted to ensure that the chassis is capable of withstanding the expected vibrations from launch.