24-25 September 2018
European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC/ESA)
Europe/Madrid timezone

Development of a flight software framework for student CubeSat missions

Not scheduled
European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC/ESA)

European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC/ESA)

Camino Bajo del Castillo, s/n., Urb. Villafranca del Castillo, 28692 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
Poster CubeSat Subsystems Posters and Demos


Olman Quiros-Jimenez (Costa Rica Institute of Technology) Duncan d'Hemecourt (George Washington University)


During 2018 a student CubeSat project was developed at George Washington University (GWU) for the first time. The small satellite mission implemented a software stack with the hope of creating a simple and lightweight framework for future academic CubeSats. The developed flight software consisted of a collection of fundamental services and an application layer, which was executed above the Network Layer and the Operating System. Accompanying ground station software was also developed for the mission. This paper presents the resulting software framework, its simple architecture, features, software quality attributes, and the decisions made during the design and implementation. The paper will address and compare other available open source software frameworks for CubeSat missions and will propose a general architecture for any CubeSat mission at an introductory level. This generic framework will define the minimum features and standards to obtain a flexible, portable and reusable software library. The paper will provide students without previous CubeSat experience some initial information and examples to start the development of a CubeSat flight software.

Primary authors

Olman Quiros-Jimenez (Costa Rica Institute of Technology) Duncan d'Hemecourt (George Washington University)

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