An Evaluation of Potential Compute Platforms for Picosatellites

Ofir Cohen, Sivan Toledo

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What compute platform should picosatellites use? CubeSats, classified as nanosatellites, are transitioning from microcontrollers that cannot run modern operating systems and modern programming environments to Linux-capable compute platforms. As electronics continue to shrink, picosatellite missions are likely to become more common, perhaps using the PocketQube standard. This paper characterizes the requirements that compute platforms for picosatellites should satisfy and analyzes in detail 4 potential platforms. We show that suitable hardware does exist, but that it is not yet supported well enough to allow small teams to use it in satellites or other specialized sensor nodes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Small Satellite Conference
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2022
Event36th Annual Small Satellite Conference - Logan, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 202211 Aug 2022
Conference number: 36


Conference36th Annual Small Satellite Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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