NANOSTAR Space Mission Predesign Challenge Second edition: Online registration is open!

NANOSTAR is a European project to support the training and development of student nanosatellites in the south west of Europe.

This NANOSTAR challenge consists in predesigning a nanosatellite that will perform an ambitious scientific mission.

The goal of the mission is to verify the survivability in space of a marine photosymbiotic species of worms (Roscoff worms), which may one day play an essential role in the creation of artificial ecosystems for deep space exploration missions.

The scientific payload will monitor the metabolism of the worms and their efficiency for urea and air recycling via video observations and measurements.

Student teams must create a preliminary design of a complete space system to achieve this mission, using the tools and methodology provided by NANOSTAR.

How to participate

Students participate to the NANOSTAR challenges in teams. We encourage the participation of multidisciplinary, mixed teams of about 5 women and men. Students can participate with their university colleagues or form an international group that spans several NANOSTAR institutions.

Each team will be assigned an advisor who will be the point of contact with the NANOSTAR network. An Evaluation Committee, composed of members from all NANOSTAR institutions, will evaluate the received designs and select the winning proposal. The awarded design will be extended and serve as the baseline for the future NANOSTAR challenges, which will focus on the detailed development and testing of parts of a nanosatellite and related facilities.

Awards

All participating students will receive a Participation Diploma from NANOSTAR as proof of the work carried out in the Design Challenge.

Other awards, which may comprise economic and/or material prizes (e.g. attendance to an International Conference to present their work, or a visit to a space center), may be awarded to the First Team, and will be defined soon and announced on the NANOSTAR website.

  • Registration open: September 2, 2019 – October 30, 2019
  • Challenge start: September 2, 2019
  • Deliverable submission deadline: January 5, 2020
  • Evaluation period: January 6-24, 2020
  • Winner Announcement: January 30, 2020

NANOSTAR project

The nanosatellite standard is today used by many universities and companies to attract the best students and engineers, that supports the universities and industries competitiveness.

Several countries from the north of Europe have strongly invested in this approach, creating a commercial offer that has become very well positioned in the market. However, Southern Europe, despite its strong influence in the space sector, has only 14% of the projects in the European nanosatellite sector and no company created in this field.

The construction of a nanosatellite requires numerous tools and competences, which makes it an excellent training vector. However, it is necessary to have the appropriate experience, hence the need to work in a network and exchange experiences.

To support the emergence of such a dynamic environment in the south west of Europe, 7 universities and 2 aerospace clusters from France, Spain and Portugal have proposed a collaborative project to link their resources, plus 3 ESA-BIC (Business Incubation Centres of the European Space Agency) as associates.

NANOSTAR: a network of excellence among universities, the regional industry and the scientific ecosystem in order to create a leading platform in Europe on nanosatellites.

The challenge of the project is to provide students with the experience of a real space engineering process that includes all stages, from conception and specifications, to design, assembly, integration, testing and documentation. That is, the whole process through a network that combines high-level engineering careers and entrepreneurial ventures in the area of ​​nanosatellites.

2 nanosats freshly operational in space

Isae-Supaero, in collaboration with Onera and the University of Toulouse, has produced EntrySat, a small satellite designed to study the atmospheric re-entry of space debris. This small satellite, a Cubesat of 3 units, was launched on July 3 from the International Space Station.

Furthermore, Robusta-1C MTCube, a cubesat of 1 unit, was launched on July 5 from Soyuz at Vostochny from CSU Montpellier.

Source: https://www.futura-sciences.com/sciences/actualites/debris-spatiaux-entrysat-iss-largue-debris-spatial-mission-inedite-76715/?utm_content=actu&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=futura

 

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 embedding a living payload for a microgravity experimentation: Roscoff Worms. Again, winners shall receive specific awards like in the previous challenge edition.

 

NANOSTAR Student Challenges: Phase I Deliverable Submission is over

Yesterday, Monday May 13 at 23:59 the Phase I Deliverables Submission was closed. Now starts the evaluation period.

This NANOSTAR challenge consists in the predesign of a nanosatellite/small satellite space mission to the Moon. The satellite, equipped with a scientific payload, will perform observations and measurements of the Moon’s surface at a close distance during a fly-by.

The Evaluation Committee is composed by one member from each NANOSTAR institution, and will apply the same criteria to the evaluation of all student proposals.

The NANOSTAR Evaluation Committee shall convene and evaluate all the valid submitted projects to determine the winning proposal.

Evaluation will be carried out 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 (refer to the mission requirements document)
 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.

Good luck to all participants!

NANOSTAR: A collaborative platform to provide a relevant training on nanosat technology through Student Challenges.

NANOSTAR is funded by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project has a planned duration of 30 months and a total budget of 2 million euros.

The consortium is composed of 7 universities and 2 aerospace clusters, plus 3 ESA Business Incubation Centres as associates, in France, Spain and Portugal.

 

 

NANOSTAR at the UC3M Investigation Workshop

The Nanostar project has been presented on May 7-8, at the UC3M Investigation Workshop.

More details at https://eventos.uc3m.es/34532/detail/i-jornadas-de-investigacion-eps-leganes.html

 

IMPORTANT! New Deliverable Submission Deadline: May 13th

We inform to all the students participating in the NANOSTAR Student Challenges Phase I that the deadline has been postponed from May 11th to May 13th at 23:59.

 

Great success of participation in the NANOSTAR Student Challenges Phase I: More than 100 students registered

• Phase I registration closed on April 11th.
• The total number of registered students has been 103, which exceeds expectations!

This Phase I is a competitive challenge, in which multidisciplinary teams of students from the NANOSTAR universities will have to predesign 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.

Students participate in the NANOSTAR challenges in teams. In this Phase I, the total number of registered students has raised to 103 students in 17 teams.

The idea is to learn together as they develop their system solution.
At the end of the competition, students will be 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. An Evaluation Committee, composed of members from all NANOSTAR institutions, will evaluate the received designs and select the winning proposal.

The awarded design will be extended and serve as the baseline for the future NANOSTAR challenges, which will focus on the detailed development and testing of parts of a nanosatellite and related facilities.

 

NANOSTAR Student Challenges: 75 students registered to date

Up to March 21st, a total of 75 students have enrolled. Other students can still join the challenge: Not too late!!

This phase 1 challenge consists in the predesign of a nanosatellite space mission to the Moon. The satellite, equipped with a scientific payload, will perform observations and measurements of the Moon’s surface, while executing a close-distance fly-by.

Deadline registration: April 11, 2019

NANOSTAR Lisbon Meeting

Last March 25 and 26 took place the NANOSTAR progress meeting at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, the largest and oldest engineering School in Portugal, with more than 40 years of experience in aerospace science and technology.

At the NANOSTAR progress meeting in Lisbon this week, we reviewed the actions, Work Packages and progress on Student Challenges phase 1 and discussion on phase 2. We had also the opportunity to visit the NANOSTAR ROOM at IST facilities.

Thank you to all the IST team for this great meeting!

Portugal has recently approved the creation of its Space Agency: PortugalSpace. It will coordinate the launch program for small satellites. Good news for the NANOSTAR project !!