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GUCCI: Ground station Uplink Command and Control Interpreter
Kedia, Namrata Rajiv
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For a successful CubeSat mission, it is imperative to schedule events in a fashion that will generate maximum useful science data. Intuitive uplink commanding software is required for the Lower Atmosphere/Ionosphere Coupling Experiment (LAICE) CubeSat to ensure best results. The ground station up-link software is created with this aim in mind. This will make the operation center for the LAICE project efficient. This will also help in evaluating the effect of a particular schedule on LAICE instrument interface board (LIIB) before sending the commands to it. The interactive User Interface (UI) that makes the entire process intuitive guides the user to create an uplink schedule without any human error. The control software creates the command sequence taking in to account all the limitations and specification of the systems and instruments on LAICE. These data are backed up in an efficient format in Virginia Tech’s database for future processing. This web-based application ensures a smooth scheduling process without any errors. Assistive flight-ready software is provided on the flight computer on the LAICE CubeSat to upload the correct uplink sequence to the LIIB.
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