ASAT says goodbye to the AcubeSAT Project, announcing a new and independent team named SpaceDot.
AcubeSAT's page: https://acubesat.spacedot.gr/
Rapid progress is being made in preparation of the CDR delivery. This includes a brand new unibody/payload container configuration for the experiment, thermal model nearing finalization, a preliminary EMC plan and major progress on the controller used by ADCS.
The team focuses in performing an orbital sensitivity analysis. Since the exact orbit for AcubeSAT will not be known beforehand, the team has to check whether the spacecraft can fulfill the defined requirements to perform the mission in a variety of orbits.
A new subsystem is formed within our team. Spacecraft Operations will be tasked with writing the operational procedures which will be used in the future by AcubeSAT operators to control the satellite in orbit.
Amid the global pandemic, our team welcomes new members to multiple subsystems. Work for the project takes place online and results in the finalization of components for our scientific payload and the delivery of the updated AcubeSAT TS-VCD.
Our team, which works remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak, delivers the first draft of the AcubeSAT Technical Specification - Verification Control Document (TS-VCD). This document will be used throughout the upcoming programme phases, to ensure the satellite meets the requirements it has to fulfill.
It is official! AcubeSAT has been selected to participate in the 3rd edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme of the European Space Agency (ESA), alongside two more teams from Germany and Spain. You can read more about the selected missions and the next steps here.
Further testing of the patch antenna in an anechoic chamber takes place. The team performs maintenance on the AcubeSAT requirements.
Our team participates in the 3rd Fly Your Satellite! selection workshop as one of the 7 shortlisted teams from across Europe. You can read more about the selection workshop here. Awaiting final results, the team undergoes organizational changes and begins preparations for the subsequent Critical Design Review.
Testing of the imaging system for our scientific payload has been completed. Our team gets shortlisted to participate in the Fly Your Satellite! Selection workshop, hosted in December in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
On the 11th of October, the team submits the proposal for the participation of AcubeSAT in the 3rd edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme to the European Space Agency. The team also participates in the Open Source CubeSat Workshop 2019, discovering new tools and ideas while further engaging with the open source space community.
CubeSat participates in the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair, presenting a new static model of the satellite to the public. Budgets for the spacecraft are finalized and failure modes identification for subsystems begins.
Engineering models for the PCBs of EPS and OBC have been delivered by our sponsor Prisma Electronics SA. Our team comes in contact with solar panel providers for the satellite and advances the design of the scientific payload.
Call for proposals for the third edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme opens. Our team begins preparing the proposal and ensuring compliance with the technical specifications.
OBC’s PCB design is completed. Received approval for placing our Ground Station equipment within university grounds.
Our patch antenna is printed and tested within AUTh facilities. An RFID system is implemented for our workspace.
Implementation of the new documentation management system and documentation template. Work on EPS board finalized.
On the 6th of March, CubeSat project unveils the scientific mission and the updated design in a dedicated 4-hour presentation to the University community and to the general public. The presentation was held in KEDEA and was also livestreamed.
Introduction of the Systems Engineering team, implementation of weekly concurrent design sessions called AcubeSAT sessions. OCDT introduction.
4 of our members participate in ESA Academy’s CubeSat Concurrent Engineering Workshop 2019. They return with a lot of feedback and new concepts which will help advance our project.
Preliminary mission analysis for the nanosatellite completed by Trajectory members.
Our team gets a workspace upgrade: it now operates in the Electronics Laboratory of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of our University.
The new scientific mission is introduced: Using microfluidics chips, we are going to research the effects of microgravity and radiation to eukaryotic cells.
Our team makes the move to new platforms: we use Mattermost for communicating with each other, and OpenProject for planning.
New leadership takes over the CubeSat project, reorganizing the remaining members and dropping the old scientific mission.