As part of Project Biarri in collaboration with DSTO, the receivers will be integrated into three small CubeSats that will be launched into low earth orbit.
The CubeSat bodies are just 300x100x100mm and are fitted with small deployable solar panels. Their tiny size and miniaturised sensors make them a more cost-effective and innovative option for space missions compared with larger spacecraft.
The Biarri GPS receiver is designed to measure the precise relative positions of the CubeSats in orbit. This allows researchers on the ground to determine where the satellites are at any given time.
Our team at Edinburgh Parks conducted successful electromagnetic, thermal and vibration testing of the GPS receiver engineering model this year.
These projects form an important part of the company’s strategy to develop space capability that will address Defence’s future requirements.
The three Biarri CubeSats are set for launch by the US Government in late 2014 and will be tracked using ground stations in Australia and overseas.
SOurce/Author: BAE Systems