In Summer 2020 the current CubeSat project of the TU Wien Space Team started. The goal is to launch a 1U CubeSat platform, which is then used as an educational program for students at AHS and HTL stage. SpaceTeamSat1 will contain various sensors, which can be read-out by the individual code from the student teams. Finally, the measurement results are transmitted to the ground station, where the data can be evaluated and interpreted.

Key facts

  • 1U CubeSat platform
    • Basic subsystems (Communication module, Electrical power system and On-board computer) will be used from CubeSat “DISCO One”
  • CubeSat shall be a live lab for students from “Oberstufe” AHS and HTL
  • LEO orbit (320 km bis 500 km)
  • Sensor board is the key element
    • Sensors are being defined at the moment
  • Educational mission objective
    • Student teams compete in a Space rallye
    • Code which reads out and evaluates sensor data is transmitted to the CubeSat
    • Presentation of results in front of a jury (TU Wien Space Team and industry partner)

As an inspiration the CubeSat divison of the TU Wien Space Team invested some time in the study of ArduSat, which is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: ArduSat, NanoSatisfi LLC; Concept

In August 2020 the KickOff Workshop took place where the mission statement and the mission objectives were defined. The mission statement and the mission objectives define the base for a successful CubeSat mission.

 

Mission statement

Awareness and interest for science is an important feature of a progressive society. Although space travel is deeply ingrained in pop culture, actual space flight and space technologies are only on the fringes of public awareness in Austria since they seem to be inaccessible. To spotlight space projects, we want to target an entry point with heavy societal impact: students of secondary schools. Applying their skills on real projects brings a great opportunity to push their educational horizon. Our mission is to provide educational material informing about space technologies, give students a chance to participate with their own code and software experiments on our satellite platform „Made in Austria“ and thus to inspire the next generation of space and science enthusiasts.”

 

Mission objectives

Primary objectives

  • To give students a platform to run their self-developed software on a CubeSat
  • To inspire students to be part of a Space project

Secondary objectives

  • To operate our self-developed CubeSat
  • To have a reusable satellite framework
  • To take a picture from Space
  • Test sensors for LEO application

 

Actual status (August 2020)

  • KickOff Workshop took place in August 2020 with 11 members of the CubeSat division
  • Formulation of the mission statement and mission objectives
  • Evaluation of the requirements for the CubeSat mission
  • Preparation for the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in October 2020

At the moment the CubeSat team is preparing for the PDR in October 2020. Therefore, the mission requirements are being formulated and the PDR document is being written. Additionally, the mission drivers are being evaluated, as they determine the whole concept of the CubeSat. Here it needs to be mentioned that the camera module and the communication module are the parts with the highest impact on the mission as the camera module should take proper pictures and the communication module needs to be capable of the transmitted and received data. This means that at the moment we are figuring out these mission drivers.

The actual status will be updated here as soon as new milestones are reached.

 

Team

Raphael Böckle – Project leader, Electronics
David Wagner – Co Project leader, Mechanics, Simulation
Thomas Hirschbüchler – System engineer, Assembly and Verification, Electronics (RF)
Paul Schmitt – PR (Social Media), Software
Andreas Sinn – Advisor Electronics/Software/CubeSat general
Philip Olbrich – Advisor Mechanics, Software, School outreach
Patrick Kappl – Advisor Software
Peter Kremsner – Electronics (Communication module, Support)
Alexander Hartl – Electronics (On-board computer)
Jan Pac – Electronics (Sensor board), Software
Sundas Syed – Electronics (Sensor board)
Alexander Grabner – Electronics
David Freismuth – Electronics (Electrical power system)
Benjamin Geislinger – Mechanics
Fabian Kresse – Software
Daniel Schloms – Software
Patrick Enzenberger – School outreach