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Nanosatelliittikurssi

Advanced Course on Nanosatellites S-92.J (4 cr)

Mid autumn term 2010

Organised by the Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Aalto University, Prof Martti Hallikainen, Jaan Praks and Antti Kestilä.

In co-operation with the Technical University of Delft, the University of Tartu and the Uppsala University

Goals and content: The Advanced Course on Nanosatellites is an intensive course about nanosatellite design and building. The aim of the course is to bring international experience of the topic  to reach of Finnish students in order to support the first student satellite project in Finland. The course consists of lectures and workshops where students go through the the desing of actual satallites and solve problems with the help of real world examples. Lectures are given by experienced nanosatellite builders from abroad and in workshops students learn to find solutions to specific hands-on-problems.

Background: Department of Radio Science and Engineering of Aalto University have launched a student satellite project, which aims to build and launch the first Finnish student satellite. The project is launched with the goal of supporting high quality teaching in Space Technology and to promote technical sciences among students in general. The project is now in its feasibility study phase. The main payload is selected to be an innovative Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) spectrometer instrument developed by VTT. VTT has shown a great deal of interest towards the project and  currently is exploring various ways to support the team.

Teachers: (all person listed below have shown their interest to participate to the course, however the time of the course and final participant list has to be negotiated after possible application approval)

  • Professor Eberhard Gill, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, The Netherlands, Chair of Space Systems Engineering division.
  • MSc. Jasper Bouwmeester, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, The Netherlands, Project Manager and system engineer of Delfi-n3Xt.
  • MSc. Steven Engelen, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, The Netherlands, Project Manager and system engineer of Delfi-n3Xt.
  • Docent  Mart Noorma,  Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, ESTCUBE satellite advisory council chairman.
  • PhD Jouni Envall, Tartu Observatory.  ESTCUBE satellite advisory council member.
  • MSc Kaupo Voormansik, University of Tartu. ESTCUBE team member.
  • Dr.  Jan Bergman, Uppsala University, Institute of Space Physics, SE-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden.

 

Students: The course is designed mainly for students of Aalto University and University of Helsinki. Participants are expected also from University of Oulu and University of Turku and University of Tartu.
Aalto post-graduate students:                           3
Aalto graduate students:                                 12
Students from other universities:                      10

Assessment: To participate in the course, a pre-course examination has to be completed. After the course students have to complete a small study on the topic of nanosatellite design and present it on web seminar, arranged one week after the intensive course.

 

Preliminary program

Day 1
Topic: Goals and feasibilities
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture. Nanosatellite mission goals and design (Delft University of Technology)
10:45 – 12:15 Lecture. Nanosatellite trends and markets (Uppsala University)
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Workshop. ESTCUBE mission goal  (University of Tartu)
15:00 – 16:30 Workshop.  Topic workshop (Delft University of Technology)
19:00 – 22:00 Ice Breaker

Day 2
Topic: Nanosatellite instruments and system design
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture. Nanosatellite payload  (Delft University of Technology)
10:45 – 12:15 Lecture. Nanosatellite system design  (Delft University of Technology)
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Workshop. ESTCUBE payload  (University of Tartu)
15:00 – 16:30 Workshop. Subsystems of X-satellite  (Uppsala University)

Day 3
Topic: Nanosatellite subsystems and communication
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture. Nanosatellite communications and ground segment  (Uppsala University)
10:45 – 12:15 Lecture. Nanosatellite structures (Delft University of Technology)
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Workshop. Delfi --C3 communication system (Delft University of Technology)
15:00 – 16:30 Workshop. ESTCUBE structure and mechanical design (University of Tartu)

Day 4
Topic: Nanosatellite performance testing and launch
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture. Pre-launch tests  (Delft University of Technology)
10:45 – 12:15 Lecture. Launch selection and performance (Delft University of Technology)
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Workshop. Testing of Delfi --C3 (Delft University of Technology)
15:00 – 16:30 Workshop. Planned launch of ESTCUBE and Delfi-C3  (University of Tartu)
19:00 – 22:00 Social event

Day 5
Topic: Nanosatellite science and future
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture. Future of nanosatellites  (N.N,Technical University of Delft)
10:45 – 12:15 Lecture. ESTCUBE science program,  University of Tartu   (N.N,University of Tartu)
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Lecture. Science program of Delfi-C3, Technical University of Delft  
15:00 – 16:30 Lecture. Future satellites: The Delfi-n3Xt, Technical University of Delft  

17:00              Conclusions and assessment assignments.