College - Author 1
College of Engineering
Department - Author 1
Electrical Engineering Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Electrical Engineering
Dennis Derickson, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department
Cal Poly CubeSat Lab’s current “SystemBoard” or primary compute board that it flown on their satellites has been flying for over 15 years and is beginning to show it’s age. Many components onboarda are nearing obsolescence and are hard to source for new boards. In this project, the specifications for a new revision of CPCL’s core SystemBoard, named SystemBoard 3.0, were defined and designs were generated for a 1st generation prototype, as well as producing evaluation boards to test the developed subsystems before their integration into a final product. This project was necessary to ensure that CPCL can continue to operate missions without disruptions from discontinued hardware. The new hardware also allowed for new features to be developed to take advantage of improvements in power efficiency and performance, opening the door to missions that may not have been previously possible.