SATLLA2.0: An Open Platform for Picosatellites

Rony Ronen, Boaz Ben-Moshe

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”Space is hard” is a common expression among researchers and engineers who are trying to design, construct, test, and deploy satellites. This paper describes the design, development, and flight testing of a picosatellite for communication experiments and educational initiatives. The presented picosatellite,namedSATLLA-2B,weighs0.35kgandhasrecently completed a full operational year and a half in orbit. The picosatellite was fabricated using low-cost and commercially available components. It contains a high-resolution camera, an attitude determination and control system (ADCS), a payload board with edge-AI capabilities, and a LoRa-based communication framework that enables two-way communication when line of sight (LOS) is available. In addition, communication with the satellite is possible via other LoRa-based ground stations, eliminating the need to maintain a dedicated ground station. Flight test results demonstrated that the picosatellite successfully achieved its primary mission objectives. These included demonstrating LoRa RF technology for ad-hoc ground station communication (both uplink and downlink), relaying messages between two ground stations, and optimizing power management, among other accomplishments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Dipole antennas
  • LoRa Satellite Communication
  • Open-Source for Nano-Satellite
  • Payloads
  • Picosatellite
  • Satellite broadcasting
  • Satellites
  • Space vehicles
  • Transceivers
  • UHF antennas


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