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Designed and qualified for maximum power generation and ease of platform integration. Our off-the shelf Solar Arrays offer over a decade of flight heritage and quality assurance. Double and Triple deployable solar arrays are available for missions requiring additional capacity for their CubeSat. These are recommended depending on customer power requirements and deployed along the long edge of the spacecraft.
Our plug-and-play solar array solutions integrate easily with our platform range; from body mounted to triple deployed solar panels, we utilise the latest manufacturing techniques to deliver highly reliable, low-mass, power generation solutions to our customers.
- Our solar panels support 3U to 12U platforms
- PCB Substrate with space-grade Kapton coverlay
- Coarse Sun sensors, Temperature sensors, and Magnetorquers included
- Fine Sun sensors as optional equipment
- Connectors to EPS and ADCS
- Compatible with AAC Clyde Space CubeSat Structures
The Starbuck-Micro PCDU (Power Conditioning and Distribution Unit) was initially developed under a Swedish national mission and tailored to the requirements of the LEO microsatellite bus InnoSat. This is a state-of-the-art spacecraft architecture designed for innovative low cost research missions. The flexible and modular PCDU is designed for mission life of up to five years in LEO and implements both power conditioning and distribution of the regulated 28 V battery bus, as well an auxiliary isolated 5 V bus. The rigorous testing and extended qualification campaign compliments an innovative design approach that combines COTS and radiation hardened components and optimizes the reliability and performance characteristics of the system.
The Starbuck-Micro design builds on heritage from previous missions with customers such as ESA, NASA, JAXA and other commercial organisations. A number of design features are implemented to achieve optimized reliability characteristics. For example, discrete bipolar design is used for many functions rather than integrated circuits, which enable a thorough part stress design analysis of the system to be performed. Internal supply voltages are current limited with automatic restart and the FPGA design features Triple-Modular-Redundancy (TMR). Worst case analysis, thermal and structural analysis are performed to verify the system functionality at its operational limits.
Designed to be robust and reliable with performance failsafes, the flight proven STARBUCK-NANO range are one of the most flown power system ranges in the world. The STARBUCK-NANO is designed to support 1U, 2U and 3U CubeSats with body-mounted solar panels. The STARBUCK-NANO PLUS features an extended number of Battery Charge Regulators (BCRs) to support high-power CubeSats, from 3U spacecraft with deployable panels, right up to high performance 12U missions. Each power generation section is self-sufficient and does not require support from any other section within the EPS, the redundant solid-state isolation switches make it more reliable during launch operations.
Employing Maximum Power Point Tracking enables a highly efficient battery charge mechanism, that maximizes the power generation from the CubeSat solar arrays. Analog components and multiple inbuilt protection methods are employed to ensure safe operation during transport, launch and a full range of EPS telemetry via the I2C network. These features make the STARBUCK-NANO range the most robust solution on the CubeSat market.
AAC Clyde Space’s small satellite PCDU (Power Conditioning and Distribution Unit) solutions have demonstrated impressive space-based capabilities stretching across a range of applications, gaining a market reputation for reliability, resiliency and performance. STARBUCK-MINI provides high power 28 V outputs and redundancy for power distribution, as well as redundant command and control interfaces via CAN or RS422. Its innovative design combines COTS and radiation hardened components to optimize the reliability and performance characteristics of the ITAR free system.
The STARBUCK-MINI adopts a modular design approach which enables easy customization. The adaptable system utilizes flexible add-ons to meet the required number of power output interfaces for payloads on each specific mission and can be quickly adapted to customer product specifications. Integration of interfaces for deployment mechanisms, magnetic torquers and other equipment can also be accommodated through the addition of custom modules.
OPTIMUS batteries offer high capacity with low mass and volume. Our high quality lithium polymer batteries are optimized for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions with a maximum altitude of 850km. Utilized over a large number of missions; especially US CubeSat missions, these New Space solutions have an excellent track record spanning almost two decades as one of the most flown and reliable spacecraft batteries. In order to ensure consistent quality levels the batteries undergo rigorous testing, including tests performed by ESA and NASA.
The battery systems all have autonomous integrated heater systems to enhance operation at low temperatures. Each system has multiple protection systems in place at a cell, battery, and system-level which will automatically respond to external fault conditions, protecting the battery and wider system from irrecoverable damage. The OPTIMUS Battery range is compatible with International Space Station deployment safety requirements and can be compatible with a wide variety of launch platforms, including crewed missions, when integrated into suitable platforms.
At AAC Clyde Space we specialise in providing advanced small spacecraft, mission services, and subsystems. We are the market leader in small satellite solutions and services for government, commercial, and educational organisations.
Teledyne Reynolds has over 50 years’ experience as a worldwide provider in the design, development and manufacture of engineered solutions to the Defence, Aviation and Space markets. Regarded as the experts in cable assembly, design and manufacture for H.V, Fibre Optic & Microwave, we have established an undisputed reputation for delivering products which exhibit superior performance and reliability. Teledyne Reynolds (UK) is recognised by ESA as the only H.V cable assembly manufacturer with full end-to-end capability.
- High Voltage cable assembly design and manufacture
- Harness and loom design and manufacture
- Rapid Prototyping
- RF Cable Assemblies
- Fibre Optic Cable Assemblies
- Cable Assembly Repair & Overhaul