NSS GPS Receiver

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The NewSpace Systems (NSS) GPS Receiver is a 12-channel hardware-based receiver which utilizes a well-established GPS chipset. This GPS chipset has been successfully flown by a number of organizations over many years. Targeted towards low-cost SmallSat constellations, it has been adapted for space altitude and velocity through the use of custom software modifications. The NSS GPS includes an unregulated, isolated 28 V power input and differential interfaces. It employs latch-up detection/ protection and a watchdog timer for increased reliability and robustness. If required by the client, the NSS team can also supply an active GPS patch antenna with the receiver. Additionally, the GPS circuitry at the heart of the receiver can also be deployed as a single mezzanine board to accompany the NSS CubeSat ACS board.

  • Features
  • Performance
  • Applications
  • Qualification
  • Documents
  • Hardware receiver
  • 12 channel L1 receiver
  • Small size and low mass
  • Radiation tolerant COTS
  • Simple to interface
CubeSat GPS Receiver
Functional characteristics
Position accuracy  <10m (3D RMS)
Velocity accuracy < 25cm/s (3D rms)
Update rate 1 Hz
Operating frequency L1 (1575.42 MHz)
Physical characteristics
Dimensions: 96mm x 96mm x 15mm
Mass: <110 grams
Power: 1W (excluding active antenna)
Environmental characteristics
Thermal (operational)-10°C to +50°C
Vibration (qualification) 14g rms (random)
Radiation (TID) 10krad total dose (component level)
Power supply: 5V DC and 3.3 V DC
Data: RS422 UART
Connector: PC104
Mechanical: Cubesat PC 104 form factor
  • Accurate determination of orbital position
  • Accurate knowledge of time
  • Orbit maneuvers
  • Time and/or position stamping of payload data

The COTS chipset utilized in the NewSpace GPS Receiver has been flying for more than a decade. Fifteen flight model units have been commissioned for build and launch in 2017 alone.