Identification of Design Considerations for Small Satellite Remote Sensing Systems in Low Earth Orbit

ABSTRACT: The Sergio Arboleda University is preparing its next satellite mission, named Libertad 2. It will carry out a system of image acquisition as a working tool for researches based on the obtained data. Complete methodologies are often used in the development of satellite missions for planning, execution and deployment, for example, the standards of the European Cooperation for Space Standardization; these methodologies, however, do not include technical specifications or requirements for the development of nano-satellites nor for their subsystems. For this reason, this article focuses on the identification of the characteristics, requirements and restrictions, which must be considered in the design of a remote sensing system for satellites under the CubeSat standard, in order to serve as a starting point for the development of the main payload of the Libertad 2 mission.