In cooperation with Aachen University of Applied Sciences the IHF is building the DragSail Cubesat. The purpose of this mission is the in-orbit demonstration of a deployable drag sail to deorbit satellites and thin-film solar cells. The IHF is responsible for the communication systems on board the satellite and for the hardware and software of the ground station. As a new technology in comparation to other cubesat missions the DragSail Cubesat will use modern methods of channel coding in the radio transmission. This leads to a significant increase in user data rate. The launch of the satellite is scheduled for spring 2017.

Related Publications

Wilke, Ralf Christian; Heberling, Dirk; Parow-Souchon, Kai; Reiffenrath, Matti: S-Band, UHF and VHF Communication System for Cubesats including Ground Station Software in 8th Pico- and Nano-Satellite Workshop on "Technologies for Small Satellite Research", 16.09.2015, Würzburg, Germany

Culotta-López, Cosme; Schraml, Korbinian; Wilke, Ralf Christian; Heberling, Dirk: The yagi-helix: A multi-director configuration for the backfire-helix antenna in Proceedings of the 12th European Radar Conference, pages 357-360 DOI: 10.1109/EuRAD.2015.7346311

Wilke, Ralf; Reiffenrath, Matti; Parow-Souchon, Kai; Nardi, Christopher; Culotta-López, Cosme; Heberling, Dirk: Communication System for Cubesats : Improving Downlink Capacity using S-Band and UHF in 4. Nationale Konferenz Satellitenkommunikation in Deutschland, Bonn, Germany, 2015-03-25 - 2015-03-26 Link

Wilke, Ralf Christian: Konzeptionierung und Bau eines Telemetrie- und Telekommandountersystems für Kleinsatelliten, RWTH Aachen University, Diploma Thesis, 2010, Link

Wilke, Ralf Christian; Reiffenrath, Matti; Parow-Souchon, Kai; Heberling, Dirk: Custom designed Communication Module for DragSail-CubeSat in 7th Pico- and Nano-Satellite Workshop on 'Technologies for Small Satellite Research' : 3. September 2013, University Würzburg, Germany

Wilke, R. C.; Heberling, D.: Hybrid Downlink Concept and Implementation for an Adaptive High-Speed Communication System for Pico Satellites, 5th Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop 2011: „Technology for Small Satellite Research” ; 22.- 23. September 2011, University Würzburg, Germany

Wilke, Ralf Christian: Adaptive Communication System for Pico Satellites, in POSTER 2011, 15th International Student Conference on Electrical Engineering, May 12, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic / organized by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

König, Friedhelm; Heimann, A.; Knapp, B.; Piepenbrock, J.; Wilke, Ralf Christian; Kock, J.; El-Zubeir, T.; Steinfelder, H.; Dachwald, Bernd: The COMPASS-2 Nanosatellite in Proceedings of the 4S Symposium (Small Satellites Systems & Services Symposium) : Pestana Conference Centre, Funchal, Madeira, 31 May - 4 June 2010 ; final version / ESA; CNES, Centre National d'Études Spatiales

Thermaltest Compass-2 Com System
Thermaltest Compass-2 Com System
Vacuum Test Compass-2 Com System
Vacuum Test Compass-2 Com System
Joint Test System with EQM-Hardware
Joint Test System with EQM-Hardware
Presentation of the System at the 4. Nationalen Raumfahrtkonferenz in Bonn by Ralf Wilke
Presentation of the System at the 4. Nationalen Raumfahrtkonferenz in Bonn by Ralf Wilke
IHF Com Board Flight Model
IHF Com Board Flight Model