First preliminary design challenge competition concluded: And the winners are…

MOON INVADERS from Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

In this Phase I competitive challenge, 15 multidisciplinary teams of students from the NANOSTAR universities have predesigned a nanosatellite space mission to the Moon. The nanosatellite, equipped with a scientific payload, will perform observations and measurements of the Moon’s surface, while executing a close-distance fly-by.

The total number of registered students has raised to 103 students, which exceedes expectations!

The students have been asked to hand in a design file with the definition of their solution, a preliminary design report, and to showcase their results in a presentation.

The Evaluation Committee, composed of members from all NANOSTAR institutions, have evaluated the received designs and selected the winning proposal. The evaluation has been made based on:

• Compliancy with the top-level requirements of the mission
• Project consistency, risk analysis, and physical soundness
• Maximization of the mission figures of merit
• Solution innovativeness
• Document quality
• Presentation quality
• Team management and organization
• Team size, multidisciplinarity, gender balance, and interinstitutionality
• Correct usage of NANOSTAR resources, tools, and methodology

FIRST PRIZE. Best Team Ranking Top 5:

  1. MOON INVADERS from Universidade da Beira Interior, UBI (Portugal) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Gustavo Ribeiro (UBI); Jorge Benedicto (UPM); Francisca Oliveira (UBI); Flávio Rosa (UBI); Pedro Dente (UBI); Emanuel Castanho (UBI).
  2. CUBESAT CHEFS from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): David Tomás Gaitán Rodríguez; Santiago de la Riva; Javier Gómez del Pulgar Vázquez; Miguel Herrera Arozamena; Alberto Marin Cebrián.
  3. JANUS-X from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): Guillermo Escribano; Carlos Paulete; Pau Gago Padreny; Pedro Jiménez; Alejandro Cano Sánchez.
  4. L.U.N.A. from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): Inés Gordo Esteban; Javier Cortina Fernández; Manuel Gavilán Herrera; Enrique Díaz Arenas; Javier Bel Diaz.
  5. LASAR-SAT from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): Raquel Rodríguez Cañas; Lara Sánchez; Anastasiya Osik; Susana Porras; Adrián Capitán.

Best predesign document:

CUBESAT CHEFS from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): David Tomás Gaitán Rodríguez; Santiago de la Riva; Javier Gómez del Pulgar Vázquez; Miguel Herrera Arozamena; Alberto Marin Cebrián.

Most innovative mission:

JANUS-X from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): Guillermo Escribano; Carlos Paulete; Pau Gago Padreny; Pedro Jiménez; Alejandro Cano Sánchez.

Best management practices:

EIRB’STRONG from ENSEIRB-MATMECA (France): Louis Goutorbe; Louis Grauwin; Olivier Tomas; Oumayma Belkhadra; Pierre Ferrer; Othmane Ahl Zouaoui; Noureddine Khanfir; Amine Alinsafi; Fakhareddine Sabbari.

Best oral presentation:

SELENE from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Alejandro Fernández Herrero; David Fernandez Pulido; Ignacio Garcia Guerrero; Gabriel Andújar Saltoratto; Imanol Sardon Delgado; Carlos Rodríguez Jamilena

Congratulations to the winners and all participating student teams!

The First Prize Team has the chance to act as the Lead Systems Engineering Team to coordinate the future NANOSTAR challenges, where their design solution will serve as the baseline to develop and test several subsystems of their nanosatellite across the NANOSTAR institutions. And the team will attend the Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SSEA) at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) to present their work.

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Phase 1 Challenge re-edition

A new preliminary design challenge competition will start in September and will now focus on the design of a nanosatellite mission in Low Earth Orbit. Again, winners shall receive specific awards like in the previous challenge edition.