Thermoelectric harvesting for an autonomous self-powered temperature sensor in small satellites

Jorge Machin Llanos, Jasper Bouwmeester

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Abstract

There are several benefits of using autonomous sensors in spacecraft. Avoidance of wired connections reduces cost, mass, and increases the flexibility and reliability of the system. The impact of wire reduction can be significant, especially for small satellites with many sensors, like temperature and sun sensors. Previous research has already focused on wireless intra- spacecraft communications. This research tests the self-powering capabilities of a systembased on a COTS thermoelectric generator connected to a Bluetooth Low Energy communication system, with a built-in controller and temperature sensor, and a power management interface. The system will be considered as a candidate for an autonomous temperature sensor in a future PocketQube mission of Delft University of Technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 68th International Astronautical Congress
Subtitle of host publicationAdelaide, Australia, 25-29 September 2017
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 25 Sep 201729 Sep 2017
Conference number: 68
http://www.iafastro.org/events/iac/iac-2017/

Conference

Conference68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
Abbreviated titleIAC 2017
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period25/09/1729/09/17
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Keywords

  • thrust
  • control
  • microvalve
  • VLM
  • micro-propulsion

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