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


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ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! programme is giving the following generation of researchers and engineers the opportunity to develop CubeSats and run them in house. Two of the groups having part in the second cycle of Fly Your Satellite!, EIRSAT-1 (College Higher education Dublin) and LEDSAT (Sapienza College of Rome), have just lately concluded screening actions for some of their nano-satellite subsystems, placing them a person move closer to start.

In November 2019, the EIRSAT-one crew travelled to the CubeSat Assistance Facility (CSF) at ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium to carry out vibration screening for the EMOD payload employing an Electrodynamic Shaker. EMOD, a thermal coatings experiment, was shaken employing a assortment of vibration profiles in x, y, and z axis configurations, simulating the mechanical stresses that the products will endure in the course of a serious rocket start into orbit. EMOD passed the results standards to be capable for start. 

Last checks in advance of screening of cubesat

Also, in November, the LEDSAT crew executed environmental exams to some of their payload factors. The LED controller boards ended up loaded into the CSF’s Electrodynamic Shaker to check for survivability to the vibrations of start and in the Thermal-Vacuum Chamber for screening the electronic factors and soldering in house-like disorders. As these similar factors will fly on-board the satellite, specific treatment is essential to not more than-stress the factors. After every single phase of screening, the crew executed functional exams and inspections, which include powering up the LED array. All exams ended up effective, and the boards ended up as a result readied for assembly into the satellite.

The EIRSAT-one crew returned to ESEC-Galaxia in February 2020 to qualify additional products: the Gamma-ray burst detector Module (GMOD), and the Antenna Deployment Module (ADM) featuring the antenna things. The products was stressed to greater stages than would be predicted in fact, giving engineers self-assurance that the spacecraft structure is able of meeting the operational mission temperature, vacuum, and start environments. The Electrodynamic Shaker and Thermal-Vacuum Chamber of the facility ended up made use of for the 1st time in parallel – necessitating cautious preparation from the learners and the operators of the CSF. The EIRSAT-one crew was pleased with the outcomes of this latest round of screening.

College students functioning alongside one another on CubeSat

All through screening campaigns at the CSF, learners have the chance to draw on the knowledge of ESA professionals to enable them prepare and operate the exam campaigns. This supports the Fly Your Satellite! programme’s aim to enable ESA professionals to share with learners their information and it permits learners to carry out field-normal exams expected for a effective mission.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest Fly Your Satellite! information, take a look at our web page. 

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