One of the biggest challenges for electronics in space, besides all of the power and thermal issues, is radiation. The high-radiation environment can cause temporary short circuits (called single-event latchups), introduce errors in code (called bitflips), and eventually degrade electronics by altering the resistive properties of key junctions.
To prevent against bitflips, the Arduino will run each program simultaneously, and use voting to eliminate random errors. To protect against latchups, the satellite will constantly monitor for over-currents and respond to protect the key circuits. And although ArduiQubSat is too light to have any shielding to protect against long-term damage, the satellite's relatively short lifetime (about 4-18months) means it will reenter before total cumulative damage to become a problem.
Space is truly the final frontier, and ArduiQube will allow you to participate in conquering it!
We want to democratize access to space, making space exploration affordable for everyone. Today, students and researchers have to wait years and pay millions of dollars to perform experiments in space.
ArduiQube is a pocketqube sat class, and weighing about less than 250 grm. Onboard it will have a suite of sensors and more which run your application or experiment, gathering data from the space environment. Spectrometer, Temperature sensors , Thermistors , Vibration and shock sensor, Gyro and accelerometer. Pressure sensor, 3-axis magnetometer, Coarse Sun sensor, CO2 sensor, Ozone sensor, Visible light sensor/photodiodes, EM wave sensor Infrared sensor, Geiger counter, Single-event upset detector, GPS, Structure-mounted strain gauges, Ammeters/voltmeters. In order to further our mission to make space accessible to everyone, Arduiqubsat plan constructing an optical beacon to be visible from Earth using high power LED panel.