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Construct and test your own nanosatellite payload with Open Cosmos’ 3U beeKit platform.
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.
Rules and requirements documents, data sheets, template documents.
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.
|Competition Submission Deadline||4th November|
|PDR Deadline||15th December|
|PDR Feedback||26th January|
|CDR Deadline||5th April|
|CDR Reviewer Meeting||before 11th May|
|beeKit Delivery||18th May|
|Grant Application Deadline||31st May|
|TRR Review||19th July|
|Competition Challenge Day||2nd August|
Open Comos 3U beeKit platform