Student CubeSats undergo testing at ESA Academy’s CubeSat Support Facility

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eighteen/02/2020
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ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! programme is offering the future technology of researchers and engineers the opportunity to develop CubeSats and run them in place. Two of the teams getting part in the 2nd cycle of Fly Your Satellite!, EIRSAT-1 (University School Dublin) and LEDSAT (Sapienza University of Rome), have lately concluded screening activities for some of their nano-satellite subsystems, placing them one particular phase closer to launch.

In November 2019, the EIRSAT-one group travelled to the CubeSat Guidance Facility (CSF) at ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium to perform vibration screening for the EMOD payload making use of an Electrodynamic Shaker. EMOD, a thermal coatings experiment, was shaken making use of a selection of vibration profiles in x, y, and z axis configurations, simulating the mechanical stresses that the devices will endure throughout a genuine rocket launch into orbit. EMOD handed the good results requirements to be capable for launch. 

Remaining checks before screening of cubesat

Also, in November, the LEDSAT group done environmental checks to some of their payload parts. The LED controller boards had been loaded into the CSF’s Electrodynamic Shaker to check out for survivability to the vibrations of launch and in the Thermal-Vacuum Chamber for screening the digital parts and soldering in place-like circumstances. As these exact parts will fly on-board the satellite, specific treatment is needed to not in excess of-worry the parts. After each section of screening, the group done useful checks and inspections, like powering up the LED array. All checks had been prosperous, and the boards had been therefore readied for assembly into the satellite.

The EIRSAT-one group returned to ESEC-Galaxia in February 2020 to qualify additional devices: the Gamma-ray burst detector Module (GMOD), and the Antenna Deployment Module (ADM) featuring the antenna features. The devices was stressed to higher ranges than would be anticipated in fact, offering engineers self confidence that the spacecraft structure is able of assembly the operational mission temperature, vacuum, and launch environments. The Electrodynamic Shaker and Thermal-Vacuum Chamber of the facility had been made use of for the initial time in parallel – demanding watchful preparing from the pupils and the operators of the CSF. The EIRSAT-one group was happy with the results of this most current round of screening.

Pupils performing jointly on CubeSat

In the course of screening campaigns at the CSF, pupils have the chance to attract on the practical experience of ESA experts to support them put together and operate the exam campaigns. This supports the Fly Your Satellite! programme’s purpose to permit ESA experts to share with pupils their awareness and it lets pupils to perform business-conventional checks essential for a prosperous mission.

To remain up-to-date with all the most current Fly Your Satellite! information, take a look at our site. 

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