• Aspects affecting the design of a low earth orbit satellite on-board computer 

      Grobler, H. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2000-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Satellites are not all made equal. The large number of possible orbits, desired functionality and budget constraints are but a few of the factors that influence the design of a satellite. Given a ...
    • The design of a CMOS sensor camera system for a nanosatellite 

      Baker, Eric Albert (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2006-12)
      This thesis relates to the design of a camera system for a nanosatellite based on a CMOS image sensor. The design specifications and constraints are considered followed by the proposal of a versatile design with all the ...
    • Design of a distributed satellite ground system 

      Barry, Richard Malan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2001-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis describes the development of a distributed ground support system to be used in the small satellite program at the University of Stellenbosch. A literature study was done to determine the ...
    • The design of a generic signing avatar animation system 

      Fourie, Jaco (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2006-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: We designed a generic avatar animator for use in sign language related projects. The animator is capable of animating any given avatar that is compliant with the H-Anim standard for humanoid animation. ...
    • The design of CAN nodes for minimising cables on the SUNSAT's TCMD system 

      Musetha, Rendani D. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The aim of this thesis is to investigate a design of a microcontroller based embedded system that will be used to minimise cable harness on the SUNSAT micro-satellite. The system is called CAN node. The ...
    • Development of a high speed PCI data capture card for the SUNSAT I ground station 

      Van der Westhuizen, W. J. (Willem Joseas) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The primary payload of the University of Stellenbosch's micro-satellite, SUNSAT I, was a high quality imager, capable of taking stereoscopic images of the surface of the earth. Although the orbit of ...
    • The development of a mass memory unit for a micro-satellite using NAND flash memory 

      Horsburgh, Ian J. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2005-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis investigates the possible use of NAND flash memory for a mass memory unit on a micro-satellite. The investigation begins with an analysis of NAND flash memory devices including the complexity ...
    • The development of an ARM-based OBC for a nanosatellite 

      Brand, Christiaan Johannes Petrus (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2007-12)
      Next-generation nanosatellites are becoming a very cost effective solution to gain access to space. Modern manufacturing technology together with low power low cost devices makes the development of nanosatellites, using ...
    • Development of an integrated fuel management system with the aid of CPLDs 

      Swanepoel, S. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2000-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The need for a locally manufactured, cost-effective, fuel management system led to the design and development of a functional prototype. This thesis presents the design, development and full implementation ...
    • The evaluation of an ARM-based on-board computer for a low earth orbit satellite 

      Dreijer, Gregor (Gregor Steve) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components and emerging technologies in satellite systems has become increasingly popular over the past few years. This is mainly due to advances in radiation ...
    • Feasibility of the PowerPc 603ETM for a LEO satellite on-board computer 

      Vos, Jacu (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: For space designs, just as for terrestrial applications, the appetite for more computing power is virtually insatiable. Further, like portable applications, space use implies severe power constraints. ...
    • Feasibility of using an ARM processor in a micro satellite on-board computer 

      Barnard, Arno (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2001-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: After SUNSAT was launched in 1999 and the possibility of developing another micro satellite emerged, areas of possible improvement were identified. Among the suggestions that emerged was the idea of ...
    • Hoe spoed koppelvlak vir n nuwe generasie SUNSAT mikrosatelliet 

      Strydom, H. L. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1999-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A micro-satellite is a complex system constructed of a number of subsystems. Communication interfaces must exist between these subsystems to exchange data, for example telemetric and telecommand. In ...
    • Investigation of a command and data handling architecture for the SUNSAT-2 micro satellite 

      Koekemoer, Jan-Albert (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1999-12)
      ENGLISH SUMMARY: This thesis investigates the design of a Command and Data Handling (C&DH) system for possible use on future SUNSAT satellites. The investigation begins with a description of the underlying components of ...
    • Mobile radio data network for documentation display 

      Du Toit, Rene (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2000-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This product is designed as an educational tooL It was developed to make a classroom more organised. Better and easier communication between the teacher and the students can be established, as well as ...
    • A new approach to embedded computer benchmarking 

      Smit, Willem A. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2006-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Years of experience gained in the field while designing and building new digital hardware for clients in both the private and public sectors have shown that choosing the correct processor for the job ...
    • Ondersoek na die gebruik van CAN in 'n laespoed kommunikasie stelsel vir 'n volgende generasie SUNSAT mikro satelliet 

      Steyn, C. H. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1999-12)
      ENGLISH SUMMARY: The communication structure of the current SUNSAT 1 micro satellite employs a parallel architecture, which consists of a number of different unique interfaces. The current system however has some undesirable ...
    • 'n Ondersoek na die geskiktheid van 'n datavloeiverwerker as 'n herstruktureerbare spesiale verwerker 

      Loubser, Nicolas Johan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1984-11)
      AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Hierdie tesis behels 'n ondersoek na die geskiktheid van 'n datavloei-verwerker om as 'n herstruktureerbare spesiale verwerker te dien. Die werking van 'n datavloei-verwerkermodel word aan die ...
    • Protection unit for radiation induced errors in flash memory systems 

      Bryer, Bevan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Flash memory and the errors induced in it by radiation were studied. A test board was then designed and developed as well as a radiation test program. The system was irradiated. This gave successful ...
    • A second generation SUNSAT RAMDISK 

      Rust, A. N. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2000-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The SUNSAT RAMDISK was studied, and tests performed to assess its flight readiness. Errors were detected, and modifications had to be made to ensure proper operation. SUNSAT was subsequently launched, ...