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 2018 or 2019 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 wireless, backscatter data collection and energy harvesting with varying reader-to-tag seperation distances
  • Provide sustained data throughout the satellite's life

Current Project Team Members 

Curtis Garner - Student
Hannah Thomas - Student
Kaleb Davis - Student
Dakota Lindsay - Student
Dr. Dan Lawrence - Principal Investigator (PI)
Dr. Joshua Griffin - Co-PI
Dr. Steve Parke - Co-PI

Previous Project Team Members 

Cassie Wade - Student 
Daniel Slemmer - Student 
Jordan Poundstone - Student 
Lucas Schamber - Student
Brittany McCarty - Student
Zach Mason - Student


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

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