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Construct and test your own nanosatellite payload with Open Cosmos’ 3U beeKit platform.

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The Satellite Design Competition invites students to design, construct and operate a nanosatellite payload system with the objective to acquire as much information from an analogue lunar nanosatellite mission. Students shall create a payload concept, trade off performance parameters and pass through a rigorous review process with panels of experts within the space industry. The competition aims to reach out to students from multiple scientific fields, including, but not limited to, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and computer scientists.

The competition aims to:

  • Challenge students to perform a complex, systems engineering task of the development of a payload to a set of real space mission requirements.
  • Gain exposure and experience of the typical design processes and protocols in industry projects, including multiple project reviews.
  • Enable students to apply taught technical skills and learn new ones relevant to a job in the space industry in an applicable project environment.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop and practice other important and transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership and project management.

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The competition is open to UKSEDS members and students from UK schools and universities.

The challenge is to design a payload system for a 3U cubesat that can detect and analyse different sources of data signatures from a simulated lunar environment. The competition is separated into two main phases: a research & design phase and a build & test phase. The research & design phase ends when teams submit their Critical Design Review (CDR) report to their reviewers. Once all CDR reports have been reviewed and marked, the 5 best teams will be selected to progress to the build & test phase, where they will receive Open Cosmos’ 3U beeKit platform to integrate to their payload.

A high-level lunar nanosatellite mission must be designed in conjunction with payload design. The objective is to state what orbit the satellite should be injected into to maximise revisit times of historic lunar sites/landmarks, for example the Apollo, Luna and Chang’e lander modules. A full list of details of the mission landmarks shall be released before the submission deadline. Teams will be able to utilise Open Cosmos’ beeApp software for this, which will be made available mid-late February 2020 to assist in design and analysis of the lunar mission.

Key Dates »

Competition Submission Deadline4th November
PDR Deadline15th December
PDR Feedback26th January
CDR Deadline5th April
CDR Reviewer Meetingbefore 11th May
beeKit Delivery18th May
Grant Application Deadline31st May
TRR Review19th July
Competition Challenge Day2nd August

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