AMSAT CubeSatSim Raspberry Pi SD Card


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You may have seen the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator or CubeSatSim at Hamvention or at the AMSAT Space Symposium, or read about it in the AMSAT Journal or on social media with the hashtag #CubeSatSim. This Raspberry Pi SD card has the CubeSatSim software pre-installed and ready to go! The CubeSatSim is a low cost satellite emulator that runs on solar panels and batteries, transmits UHF radio telemetry, has a 3D printed frame, and can be extended by additional sensors and modules. It is perfect for the classroom or for public demonstrations.

The CubeSatSim Raspberry Pi SD card has all the open source software from pre-installed and pre-configured. It will run on a Pi Zero W, Pi Zero, Pi 3B, Pi 3B+, or Pi 4B.

Here is the Read Me file for the CubeSatSim SD card:  Readme File

In order to build a complete CubeSatSim, besides this SD card, you will need a set of three PCBs (also available on the AMSAT Store CubeSatSim PCB) and to purchase the parts listed in the Bill of Materials for PCB and follow the instructions on the Github project page (PCB Instructions).

Here’s how the complete CubeSatSim looks: CubeSatSim Completed Picture
You can also download the image or build it yourself using the information at Download Image at GITHUB

This item contains:

One 16 GB micro SD card with Raspberry Pi OS Lite and the CubeSatSim software pre-installed.

There are two options: there is the SD card with the v1.2 release selected that has been out for a few years, which is for the white PCB boards, or you can get the SD card with the new beta release v1.3 version selected, which is for the blue PCB boards.

Note: Raspberry Pi and CubeSatSim hardware are not included.


CubeSatSim Open Source Software: CubeSatSim Open Source Software
Bill of Materials, listing all the parts you will need to purchase to build your own CubeSatSim: Listing all parts needed to build
Step-by-step soldering and assembly instructions: Instructions to build PCB
AMSAT Journal articles about the CubeSatSim: Journal Articles on PCB

For additional information about the CubeSatSim or to borrow a loaner CubeSat Simulator for your event, contact the VP Educational Relations via email ku2y at amsat dot org

Additional information

Select Option

for v1.2 White PCB, for v1.3 Blue PCB