© 2018, CEAS. Functional and thermal performance characteristics of a very high frequency/ultra high frequency (VHF/UHF) transceiver based on Gaussian minimum shift keying (GMSK) modulation are presented. The transceiver has been designed for CubeSats telemetry and commanding needs or low rate data download. The design is validated at 27 dBm, 30 dBm and 33 dBm transmitting powers over −20 ∘C to +51 ∘C. Under these thermal conditions, the transmitter spurious dynamic response shows little if any change and the average sensitivity of receiver at the 12 dB signal noise and distortion (SINAD) is −116.7 dBm at 140 MHz and −116.78 dBm at 149.98 MHz. The transmitter and receiver frequencies are stable and the current consumption as well the output RF levels are steady. The design has been verified against a simulation model which allows system tradeoff analysis. The measurements demonstrate the transceiver made with commercial grade parts has dependable performance at the low earth altitudes and orbital heating conditions.
Zaidi, Y., van Zyl, R. R., & Fitz-Coy, N. G. (2018). A GMSK VHF-uplink/UHF-downlink transceiver for the CubeSat missions: Thermo-functional performance. CEAS Space Journal, 10(3), 453-467. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12567-018-0217-5