NNU's Radio Frequency Tag Satellite (RFTSat) is a 3U CubeSat that will perfrom a technology demonstration of wireless, radio frequency (RF) sensor tags that harvest RF energy and communicate with the spacecraft using backscatter. The RF tags can be configured to sense many phenomena including radiation, temperature, acceleration, electric field strength and magnetic field strength. During the mission, the tags will be deployed to demonstrate the range and effectiveness of the RF system. 

Mission Objectives

NNU RFTSat expects to launch in 2017 with the objective of successfully measuring space weather using distributed, passive RF sensor tags.  The objectives of the mission are:
  • Collect space weather data wirelessly from an energy harvesting RF tag
  • Demonstrate data collection with different distances between reader and tag
  • Provide sustained data throughout the satellite's life

Project Members 

Cassie Wade - Student 
Curtis Garner - Student
Daniel Slemmer - Student 
Jordan Poundstone - Student 
Lucas Schamber - Student
Brittany McCarty - Student
Zach Mason - Student
Dr. Dan Lawrence - Principal Investigator (PI)
Dr. Joshua Griffin - Co-PI
Dr. Steve Parke - Co-PI


RFTSat: Backscatter Radio for In-Orbit Distributed Sensing 
July 27, 2016
Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research, Boise, Idaho

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