SATELLITE PLATFORMS

SATELLITE PLATFORMS

Small Satellite Platforms

The platforms developed by Alén Space reflect the extensive experience of our team in the manufacture of small satellites (nanosatellites and microsatellites) under the CubeSat standard.

Platform Comparison Chart

Alén Space offers you five small satellite platforms (1U, 2U, 3U, 6U and 12U) already prepared to integrate in record time with the payload you have selected or developed for your project. All buses include structure, solar panels, on-board computer, antennas, batteries and communication systems, power and attitude control (ADCS).

Our small satellite platforms have been developed with high quality processes and under the same technical standards. This means that you can manage and operate your satellites in a single way, regardless of their size.

Consult the main technical specifications of our 1U, 2U, 3U and 6U platforms:

PlatformSize1U2U3U6U
Payload CapacityMass (g)87 – 330480 – 1072570 – 14006900 – 7825
Volumen (U)0.26 – 0.40.7 – 1.41.4 – 2.23.5 – 4.7
Avg. Power Consumption for 100% Payload Duty Cycle (W)0.80 – 0.950.8 – 6.20.5 – 5.97.8 – 38.5
Peak Power Consumption (W)3030180180
PowerLines
  • 3V3
  • 5V
  • VBAT
  • 3V3
  • 5V
  • VBAT
  • 3V3
  • 5V
  • 12V
  • 28V
  • VBAT
  • User Defined
  • 3V3
  • 5V
  • 12V
  • 28V
  • VBAT
  • User Defined
Worst Power Available for Payload (W)34-145-1214-44
Battery capacity (Wh)20 – 38.538.59292
ADCSADCS models
  • Detumbling
Standard ADCS:

  • Detumbling
  • 3-axis stabilization
  • Nadir pointing
  • Velocity pointing

Upgraded ADCS:

  • Detumbling
  • Y-spin
  • 3-axis stabilization
  • Sun pointing
  • Nadir pointing
  • Velocity pointing
  • Ground pointing (tracking)
  • User defined
Standard ADCS:

  • Detumbling
  • 3-axis stabilization
  • Nadir pointing
  • Velocity pointing

Upgraded ADCS:

  • Detumbling
  • Y-spin
  • 3-axis stabilization
  • Sun pointing
  • Nadir pointing
  • Velocity pointing
  • Ground pointing (tracking)
  • User defined
Upgraded ADCS:

  • Detumbling
  • Y-spin
  • 3-axis stabilization
  • Sun pointing
  • Nadir pointing
  • Velocity pointing
  • Ground pointing (tracking)
  • User defined
ADCS measurement accuracy (deg)Standard ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 5
  • High accuracy: 0.6

Upgraded ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 5
  • High accuracy: 0.1
Standard ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 5
  • High accuracy: 0.6

Upgraded ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 5
  • High accuracy: 0.1
  • Low accuracy: 5
  • High accuracy: 0.1
ADCS pointing accuracy (deg)Standard ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 10
  • High accuracy: 3

Upgraded ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 6
  • High accuracy: 0.2
Standard ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 10
  • High accuracy: 3

Upgraded ADCS:

  • Low accuracy: 6
  • High accuracy: 0.2
  • Low accuracy: 6
  • High accuracy: 0.2
OBCInterfaces
  • RS485
  • RS442
  • UART
  • CAN
  • I2C
  • PPS
  • GPIO
  • ADC
  • PWM
  • SPI
  • RS485
  • RS442
  • UART
  • CAN
  • I2C
  • PPS
  • GPIO
  • ADC
  • PWM
  • SPI
  • RS485
  • RS442
  • UART
  • CAN
  • I2C
  • PPS
  • GPIO
  • ADC
  • PWM
  • SPI
  • RS485
  • RS442
  • UART
  • CAN
  • I2C
  • PPS
  • GPIO
  • ADC
  • PWM
  • SPI
OSAlén Space OBSWAlén Space OBSWAlén Space OBSWAlén Space OBSW
On-board storage (GB)up to 64up to 64up to 64up to 64
SecurityAES256AES256AES256AES256
CommunicationsTTC bandsVHF, UHFVHF, UHF, S-BandVHF, UHF, S-BandVHF, UHF, S-Band
TTC downlink datarate (kbps)0.5 – 19.205-5120.5 – 5120.5 – 512
TTC uplink datarate (kbps)0.5 – 19.20.5 – 2560.5 – 2560.5 – 256
Data BandsS-Band Optional

S-Band Optional

X-Band Optional

S-Band Optional

X-Band Optional

Data downlink datarate (Mbps)22 – 502 – 50
 Data uplink datarate (Mbps)222
PropulsionInfoNoNoPropulsion OptionalPropulsion Optional
PlatformDesign Lifetime (years)3 – 53 – 53 – 53 – 5

* If your project has specific needs, contact our team. We can adapt the small satellite buses to your requirements, with adjustments and custom developments.

Training Satellites

Alén Space has training satellites that fit perfectly with the needs of universities, technology centres and other organisations and companies that want to start developing their own capabilities in the manufacture of CubeSats:

Kit Satellite

Get all the components and parts to assemble a fully functional satellite. With our Kit Satellite you will receive one of our platforms so you can take care of its assembly in-house, with your own equipment.

Flat-sats

Our satellite models replicate all the details and parts that make up a CubeSat. For functionality and price, the flat-sats are an ideal solution for training tasks of learning the process of building small satellites.

If you want to train your team in the development of small satellites, you may be interested in other services and products from Alén Space:

  • Hands-on Training to Space. Practical training programme in CubeSats for universities and high-tech centers.
    >> Learn more
  • Training Programmes. Mission design, AIV (assembly, integration, and verification) and operations in orbit.
    >> Learn more
  • Ground Segment. Find turnkey solutions for your own ground stations.
    >> Learn more

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