CubeSat is one of the three technical projects of A.S.A.T. which was created with the initial goal to expand the team’s activities in space technology, by designing a nanosatellite. These nanosatellites have a standard size (10cm x 10cm x 10 cm) and allow affordable research in space due to their size.
The CubeSat team consists of 25 members and its goal is to design and build a 3-Unit nanosatellite with dimensions 30cm x 10cm x 10cm, with the ambition of being sent to the International Space Station as a secondary payload on a commercial launch and to carry out experiments in Low Earth Orbit.
The design of the CubeSat is divided into 5 different subsystems:
It consists of one or more microcontrollers with embedded programming in C or C++. It is actually the “brain” of the satellite, as it controls all of its actions and has constant communication with the rest of the subsystems. It is also responsible for securing the sustainability of the nanosatellite.
It consists of one microcontroller and the system’s antenna. Its is responsible for the design and the construction of the ground station and for sending and receiving data to and from it.
Attitude and Orbit Determination Subsystem
It is divided into 2 subteams; Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) and Trajectory. The ADCS team is responsible for the stabilization of the nanosatellite and its orientation towards the desired target during the mission. The Trajectory team studies the design of the satellite’s orbit.
Electric Power Subsystem
It is responsible for powering the satellite and all of its components. Its consists of the following subsystems; Power Generation, Power Conditioning and Energy Storage and Converting and Protection.
It is responsible for the thermal analysis of the CubeSat, such as the determination of the minimum and maximum temperature inside the satellite and the thermal insulation at temperatures that the satellite and its components will be functional. It also studies the Structural analysis and simulations.
The main goal of the Cubesat team is to participate in ESA’ s Fly Your Satellite Program, while it has also reached the Semi-finals of the Morpheus Cup in the Deep Tech category.