What can you measure and what are your limits when orbiting in space? Learn
about what physical quantities you can measure and how to design and parameterize
your sensor loadout. Learn to go beyond just flying a camera and
optimize your mission goals. Explore what you can play with using your own
Build a sensor, and you’ll own a slice of the universe. Were we to describe or
define a state-of-the-art sensor for a picosatellite, you could probably find a
weblink to a team already launching something way cooler. Instead of listing
specific gear, then, we’ll work out how you can design your own sensor loadout.
Knowing how to do this will future-proof your work and let you keep
advancing the picosatellite field.
That doesn’t mean we won’t take a peek at some of the way cool sensors
available currently. We’ll also look at the protocols for wiring up sensors,
covering I2C, TTL, Serial, and SPI; analog and digital; and a host of other
We’ll examine the types of remote sensing possible and the bandwidth
required. In this book, we’ll also look at mechanical structures and technology
efforts that CubeSats can explore.