A major part of the project is designing, building and launching a satellite. This is an ambitious assignment, which is why we have Team Development, staying on top of working out this process.
The satellite will be designed by students. This design is made by the yearly Design Synthesis Exercise (DSE) of the bachelor Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. A group of 10 students will in a 10-week period design a preliminary design under supervision of dr.ir. Chris Verhoeven. During this process, Systems Engineer ir. Wouter Weggelaar of ISIS will also guide the students. Next to them, the following experts have expressed their openness to answer any questions the students have:
- Stefphano Speretta, Satellite Hardware, Radio
- Mehmet Şevket Uludag, Satellite Hardware Electronics
- Bert Monna, ADCS, Propulsion Systems, Sensors
- Jeroen Rotteveel, Nano Sat Systems
- Jerre Westerweel, Structures
In cooperation with several parties, the final design come through. The DSE will be done in the months April, May and June. After the design assignment, the next steps of the project will be evaluated together with ISIS, Hyperion and other external parties.
The challenge of building the satellite is not yet known. There are several option being discussed at the moment. To increase the reliability of the satellite, there will always be an expert observing design progression during the building process. The current idea is to both involve university as highschool students in the building process. The building could happen in a cleanroom at TU Delft or at an external party.
After building the satellite, different tests will be performed. The following experiments are necessary to ensure the satellite being failsafe:
- Vibration test
- Shock test
- Thermal test
- Thermal vacuum test
- Electromagnetic compatibility test/attitude control calibration test