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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

SmallSat Common Electronics Board (SCEB)

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Project Introduction

We propose to design a low-power general-purpose SmallSat Common Electronics Board (SCEB).  The SCEB design will be based on input received from a group of hand-picked engineer advisors across multiple discipline areas.  We also propose to investigate methods of implementing power saving techniques in the design. 


The objective of this FY15 effort will be to design a tightly integrated SmallSat electronics board that leverages prior investment and lessons learned.  Activities that will be completed include the following:

  • Complete multiple trade studies to determine how to design all of the proposed SCEB functionality
  • Generate a set of requirements and a design specification for the SCEB design. 
  • Complete a board schematic
  • Layout the SCEB design

GSFC places a priority and urgency on the development of tightly-integrated electronics solutions for a vast array of science instruments.  Given that the current fiscal environment favors the development of spacecraft with low cost, mass, and power consumption that can deliver vital science data from space, this proposal will directly impact GSFC by creating a new and unique design capability that is modular, flexible, and miniaturized.  This will aid in greatly reducing cost and increasing schedule efficiency across all phases of future missions.  As a result of these factors, multiple SCEB units can be built up and used on board satellite constellation missions or a single SCEB can be custom built and assembled to fit the needs of the mission.   


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