Juan-David Guzman is doing his Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Space Engineering at York University. His experience in Space Hardware Lab – Satellite Tracking Software Lab Module, he implemented a satellite tracking software algorithm in Python in which the required user inputs included (1) Ground Station Parameters (ARO), (2) TLE for GPS constellation, (3) Tracking Schedule, and (4) Link Inputs. From the input parameters, the program displays information about satellite availability, and prints its topocentric azimuth and elevation angles for the specified interval. Juan has been undergraduate research assistant (RA) in Dr. Regina Lee’s research team since he completed his 2nd year Space Engineering. His main task has been electronics and software development (FPGA programming) in support of Reconfigurable Spectrometer Electronics. Juan is developing a custom PCB that houses detector and interfaces with the main carrier board.
Relevance to TEPS
“In collaboration with Honeywell, COM DEV Canada, we are developing a micro Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer (SHS) for methane detection from space and airborne platforms. The SHS design is based on the principles of Fourier Transform Spectroscopy. The instrument is a variation of the Michelson Interferometer that requires no mechanical elements; the reflecting mirrors are replaced with diffraction gratings. In this study, we focus on the design and integration of the UAV payload to demonstrate the proposed micro-SHS technology. In developing a space-born optical payload for Earth observation, integration and testing are essential steps in demonstrating the technology, and serve as part of the verification and validation of the payload.”