The AD&C system determines and controls the angular orientation (or direction of pointing) of the spacecraft. This section discusses the Dawgstar team's choice of active control systems.

Downlink of telemetry data, uplink of commands from ground control, and crosslinks with other ION-F nanosatellites requires a high degree of communications commonality between ION-F partners.

The C&DH system is a combination of software and hardware that manages the subsystems of the UW Dawgstar satellite.

The ION-F group will fly in formation during the mission lifetime.  This section discusses the characteristics of formation flying and ground track options for the formations.

The G&N subsystem determines the position and velocity vectors of the satellite as a function of time. These data can be used to calculate the orbit of a satellite.

The Dawgstar nanosatellite will be powered by a series of solar panels and batteries.  This section discusses solar cell configuration and battery properties.

Micro Pulse Plasma Thrusters, as developed by Primex Aerospace Company, will be used for the Dawgstar propulsion system.  

This section discusses the in situ ionospheric science experiments performed by the USU Plasma Impedance Probe (PIP). 

The Dawgstar nanosatellite, as the other ION-F partners, will be a hexagonal cylinder.  This section discusses the satellite frame, stress loading tests, and results.

The nanosatellite thermal subsystem controls and maintains spacecraft component temperatures within their specified limits throughout all mission phases.