Yosemite Space’s CubeSat Computer Headed for the Moon

Yosemite Space worked as part of Team Miles to win the NASA Cube Quest Competition, Ground Tournament 1. Yosemite Space contributed radiation shielding designs and mitigation strategies, structure designs and onboard computing. Team Miles will fly Yosemite Space’s Resilient Affordable Cubesat Processor (RACP) as part of the NASA contest.

The NASA Cube Quest Challenge is a competition to build flight-qualified, small satellites capable of advanced communication and propulsion near and beyond the moon. Teams that achieve top performance at high-speed data communications, navigation and survival after achieving lunar orbit or a minimum long-distance range from Earth compete for an unprecedented $5.5 million prize purse in NASA’s first ever in-space challenge. Cube Quest is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, which accelerates technology by engaging non-traditional sources in competition.


Yosemite Space’s RACP is a power-efficient high-performance space computer design for low-Earth orbit (LEO) and deep space missions. RACP’s hybrid design delivers fault tolerance, data integrity, and scalable performance. RACP’s physical dimensions and low power consumption make it ideal for vehicles as small as CubeSats. RACP can support processing data from multiple sensors and any needed autonomous processing and control. Processors will run a Linux operating system, which means that mission software can be built and tested with standard open source software tools. Finally, components of RACP will be screened through radiation testing to ensure that the computer will operate reliably.

The winning teams will be formally recognized Wednesday, Sept. 9, during a media telecom, and there will be an opportunity for media to interact with teams and challenge personnel.  For a full list of all of the winners in NASA Cube Quest Challenge Ground Tournament Round 1, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/centennial_challenges/cubequest/nasa-awards-first-round-prizes-in-cube-quest-challenge.html .

About Yosemite Space

Yosemite Space, based in Groveland, CA, has a primary focus on developing innovative products for space applications. Members of Yosemite Space collectively have over 50 years of experience developing innovative, reliable technology for space applications. Members have experience in software engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and electrical engineering. For more information, please visit: http://yosemitespace.com/

About Team Miles

Team Miles is a group of citizen scientists focused upon low cost space exploration. Team members stretch from coast to coast, though a majority can be found at the Tampa Hackerspace in Florida. For more information, please visit: http://miles-space.com/

Photo credit: www.aanc-astronomy.org

Yosemite Space Competes in NASA’s 3D Habitat Challenge

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Yosemite Space joins the Artemis team to compete in NASA’s 3D Habitat Challenge.  Yosemite Space analyzed the radiation environment inside and outside the habitat.  Yosemite Space also contributed to radiation shielding design and mechanical analysis.

Yosemite Space Speaks at Single Event Effects Symposium

SEE imageIn late May of this year, Yosemite Space presented analyzed radiation data from ground radiation testing of three models of Gumstix: Earth, SandStorm and Water at the Single Event Effects Symposium.  Expected rates for single event effects in low earth orbit were presented.  Yosemite Space also showed that almost all Gumstix showed stuck bits in RAM when exposed to 64MeV protons.  Further testing indicated that this was likely due to microdosing.  Experience and knowledge from these tests are influencing the design of the Resilient Affordable Cubesat Processor.

Data from ground testing will be compared to space data once the Yosemite Space Gumstix payload is launched to the ISS and placed in the NanoRacks External Platform.  This s expected to occur in 2016.

Slides from this presentation are here: SEE_Gumstix_YS

Yosemite Space competes in the NASA Cube Quest

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Earlier this year, Yosemite Space joined Team Miles to compete for the Cube Quest.  Yosemite Space is contributing to radiation shielding and mitigation, structure and command and data handling.  Team Miles will fly Yosemite Space’s Resilient Affordable Cubesat Processor (RACP) if Team Miles is selected in GT4 for a space flight.  RACP is currently at TRL 4.

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Advanced Materials Applications, LLC is Renamed to Yosemite Space


Advanced Materials Applications, LLC (AMA) is pleased to announce our name change to Yosemite Space.  This change reflects our primary focus on developing innovative products for Space applications.  In late October 2014, a Yosemite Space experiment using state of the art System on Chip (SoC) technology will be deployed in the NanoRacks External Platform outside the International Space Station.  This platform will expose the components to space radiation and communicate the status of the Yosemite Space payload back to Earth.  Information on computing  performance will be used by Yosemite Space to develop next generation reliable computers.

The Yosemite Space logo was inspired by the Space.com photograph of the International Space Station traveling across the night sky above the spectacular landmark Half Dome.


Special Update:  Our payload was bumped from the Oct. 2014 flight.  Final flight date is still pending.



Final Payload Integration

Jeremy Zawodny of AMA traveled to Houston in early July of this year to work with Astrium of North America and NanoRacks on the integration of our boards into the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP). The primary goals of testing were to confirm AMA’s communication software was compatible with the NREP Command Data and Handling (CDH).  Testing was successful.

Our payload will  transmit information on single event effects during the space mission through the NREP health and status reporting and the medium rate telemetry stream. As a result, AMA can retrieve this rate semi-real-time back on Earth.


AMA Speaks to Students Across the U.S.

Dr. Morse of AMA spoke at the NASA Digital Learning Network in March 2014.  She discussed the space-friendly nature of current generation cell phone processors with high school students from across the U.S..  She explained how terrestrial electronics can be protected from the space radiation environment and provides a powerful computing platform for space applications.


Would Your Cell Phone Work In Space?

Dr. Kathleen Morse poses this question to high school students across the U.S. as part of the CASIS and NASA sponsored Digital Learning Network program.

During the chat, ask Dr. Morse your question by sending it via email todlinfochannel@gmail.com or tweet the question with #askDLN.

The hourlong event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on March 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

AMA to Speak at Lunar Cubes Workshop

Dr. Kathleen Morse is to speak at the Third International Workshop on Lunar Cubes this November 15th in Palo Alto, CA.

Ref: http://lunarnetworks.blogspot.com/2012/05/1st-international-workshop-on.html

She will discuss the progress that AMA is making towards understanding how current generation system on a chip (SoC) technology behaves in a radiation environment.  In addition, she will provide updates on the SoC payload scheduled to arrive on the external module of the ISS September 2014.

AMA looks forward to learning of the electronics requirements of Deep Space CubeSats and how we can work with customers to help them meet their exploration goals.

AMA Speaks at Citizen Astronaut and Space Hacker Workshop

Dr. Kathleen Morse, founder of Advanced Materials Applications, LLC (AMA) and CASIS sponsored principal investigator, is to speak at this weekend’s Citizen Astronaut and Space Hacker Workshop.

She will speak on AMA’s plans to evaluate the performance of Gumstix™ system on a chip in ground based and space based radiation studies.  Ground based radiation studies will take place at Crocker Nuclear Labs from July to December of this year.  Space based studies will occur on an external module of the International Space Station.

The ground and space based radiation studies of the Gumstix™ module will be the first published studies of its kind.  This will be an initial and an important first step to integrate this powerful system on a chip technology into future radiation tolerant computers.

A copy of the slides is provided below.

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