© SatRevolution PCB | April 01, 2019
Not everything in space is rocket science – SatRevolution cooperate with Elmatica
Over the course of 2,5 years, Polish-based SatRevolution has evolved from scratch to developing and producing shoebox-sized satellites. On April 17th the company will launch its second CubeSat.
“As a newcomer in the industry, you have to be creative, achieve your milestones yourself and seek advice by experts when necessary,” says Tomasz Poźniak, Chief Development Officer at SatRevolution, in a press release. During its transformation the company has added new members with experience within electrical engineering, software development, mechanics and robotics to its team and started testing and developing from scratch, SatRevolution also involved printed circuit broker Elmatica into the product development. The company’s 2,5 year journey has taking it from an R&D division developing mobile applications, VA and AR interfaces, into a high tech producer of nanosatellites.“The speed of technology, availability of components and parts at a lower cost than earlier makes it possible to produce satellites, even if the budgets start at a smaller scale,'' says Poźniak. “Our strategy is to ameliorate our strengths, focus on what we do best and involve experts for special input, like Elmatica with their expertise on the PCB level. Whereas some fields might not be rocket science, it's still some pretty harsh conditions these satellites need to face, affecting both the design and of course the PCB, keeping it alive,” Poźniak continues. Spacecraft Division Specialist at SatRevolution, Mateusz Keller, explains that one of the challenges the company faced was to make a PCB with all assumptions and calculations at the first point. Creating a system which works even if parts of it do not. “When designing for the space industry, it's important to remember that there is no way to fix anything if problems occur after launch. Therefore it's important to think about each element on the PCB - and how it will affect the rest of the product, taking into account a lot of variables which may occur, and possibly destroy the module/satellite, like radiation, temperature, vibration or outgassing,” says Spacecraft Division Specialist at SatRevolution, Mateusz Keller, in the release. “Working with SatRevolution has been a pleasure and educational for both parties. As the moon landing was explained as a small step for man but a giant leap for mankind, the launch of SatRevolutions first satellites might have been a small step into space, but a giant leap for them. We are so proud to be part of this project, sharing our knowledge and experience about PCB design for space,” says Country Manager Poland for Elmatica, Rafal Stankiewicz.