Last Tuesday May 11th, NANOSTAR celebrated its final event, where all the partners had the opportunity of sharing the project’s results with the European Nanosatellite community.

In the morning, the best 10 teams of the NANOSTAR Detailed Design and Test Challenges presented their projects. The NANOSTAR jury panel selected the best three teams, which were announced in the afternoon event.

During 18 months, the students from the NANOSTAR universities have been working on different detailed design & test challenges. We want to thank all the teams for their great presentations and the excellent work carried out during this project. It has been very difficult to make a final decision on the winners as all the projects are high level. The top three teams are:

  • 1st Position: ‘Development of an inertial morphing nanosatellite’, is the result of the collaboration between Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad ‘Ignacio Da Riva’, from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, with the support of the DZH student research group. Participating students: Jesús Muñoz Tejeda, Miguel Segovia Mora, Alberto Rodríguez Amor, Ivan Castro Fernández, Carlos San Miguel Ortego and Carmen García Cabetas. More information.
  • 2nd Position: ‘Telecom System Qualification: Sounding Balloon’, from Bordeaux INP (B-INP). Participating students: Nigel Ignatowicz, Yohan Bellanger, Edgar De Oliveira Cruz, Antton Bodin and Vanlerberghe Francois. More information.
  • 3rd Position: ‘Design and Analysis of Nanosatellite Additive Manufactured structures’ from Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI). Participating students: Pedro Neto, Marcos Rosa and Rose Teixeira. More information.



A total of 11 teams and 21 students from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) participated in these challenges.

Last May 5th, NANOSTAR held at UC3M the awards ceremony of all the students of this university who have participated in the detailed design and test challenges of the NANOSTAR project. The students received USB pens, t-shirts, 3D engraved crystals, sets of engraved pens, coffee cups, or nanostar key-chains, all featuring the official NANOSTAR logo.

Congratulations to all participating students for the incredible results obtained!

The projects can be further consulted here.

The winning team was LIGHT PACE, composed by the students Juan Alfaro Moreno and Isaac Robledo Martín. Congratulations to the winners and to all participating students!

On April 13, 14 and 19, a 3-day ARDUINO hackathon was organized in the context of the NANOSTAR Student Challenges at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), thanks to the commitment and relevant contribution of the STAR students association and specially Miguel González Antohi, UC3M student.

The hackathon goal was to control a 1U cubesat attitude, with the use of a DC motor and an ARDUINO board, thus making a lateral cubesat face point towards a light source. Four teams of 2 students participated in this challenge and their design was evaluated by a jury composed by the NANOSTAR professors Filippo Cichocki and Mario Merino.

NANOSTAR is ready for landing! After 40 months fostering a relevant training on nanosat technology, we celebrate our final event “NANOSTAR Academy Showcase”, where we will share the project’s results with the European Nanosatellite community. Join us next May 11th at 14:00h CET!

Last Wednesday, October 30, took place the kick-off meeting of the NANOSTAR Work Package 5 at Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) in Covilhã , Portugal.

The priority of this Work Package is to ensure the continuity of the NANOSTAR project with the development of new interuniversity projects and support for the creation of new start-ups.

At the end of the meeting, the partners had the opportunity to visit the CDF room facilities.

The University of Beira Interior (UBI) is a public university located in the nice city of Covilhã, Portugal. It was created in 1979, and has about 6,879 students distributed across a multiplicity of graduation courses, awarding all academic degrees in fields ranging from medicine and biomedical sciences to aeronautical engineering to mathematics.

Thanks to the entire team of the Universidade da Beira Interior!!

Today, at UC3M, we presented to students both the re-edition of the preliminary design challenge and the specific UC3M design and test challenges.

The time for great ideas and intuitions has finally come!

Register for both types of challenges here.


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

In this phase, each institution of the project will be offering specific challenges on the design, development and testing of nanosatellite components.

NANOSTAR specific design, development and testing challenges start!

In this project phase, each institution will support a large number of different design and testing challenges of nanosatellite components. Some of these challenges are related to components of the winner nanosatellite design of the first preliminary design competition, others to nanosatellite testing facilities, and there will also be a challenge on the detailed design of a Roscoff’s worms payload, which is a key component of the second edition of the preliminary design competition.

How to participate

Students participate to these specific challenges in teams (of any size). The advisor of each student group will be a member of the challenge-hosting institution.

We encourage students to register  and to indicate the specific challenge they are interested in!

At the end of each specific challenge, each team will have to deliver a report, based on the template that can be downloaded here.

Finally, each team will have the opportunity of presenting remotely the challenge work at a final NANOSTAR project event, to be announced soon.

NANOSTAR project

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

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 consortium is composed of 2 aerospace clusters, 7 universities plus 3 ESA-BIC centres as associates, in France, Spain and Portugal.

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

If you are participating in the NANOSTAR Space Mission Predesign Challenge 2nd edition, please, take a look at these videos and documents regarding the 1st edition. They can be very useful for the new competition!

• Video of the best overall team (team MOON INVADERS):

• PDR and video of the best PDR document  (team CUBESAT-CHEFS):

Download the PDR here.

• Video of the best oral presentation (team SELENE):

• Video of the most-innovative mission (team JANUS-X):

• Video of the best management practices (team EIRB’STRONG):



The 3rd edition of the “Innovation Challenges” event will take place at the ENSEIRB-MATMECA on Monday, September 30th, 2019 from 9am to 5.30pm and will bring together 2nd year students from all sectors of the school.

The objective of this event is to allow students to work on a challenge in a phase of idea search, solution and feasibility study. During this day, several challenges will be exposed to the student-engineers in the presence of representatives of companies and managers, with session of questions / answers, creation of the teams, progress on the project during the day, pitches and prize-giving at the end of the day.

The student-engineers whose idea is selected will continue to work on a prototype (software / hardware) during the semester for a final oral presentation and demonstration in front of representatives of companies.

Our partner, Olivier Marty, will present the NANOSTAR project during this event.

The list of challenges are :

  • Challenge UAM : la mobilité aérienne de demain grâce aux drones
  • Challenge Nanostar : développement de nano satellite pour des missions précises
  • Challenge Talent for France : imagine une solution innovante, durable & éco-responsable !
  • Challenge Thales : inventez les nouvelles technologies qui amélioreront les secteurs d’activité du groupe Thales!
  • Safran – Black Out Challenge : votre défi est de proposer des solutions pour résoudre une crise planétaire
  • SEB Tech Challenge : imaginez le produit du petit équipement domestique de demain

More information:


The MTT-Sat Challenge is a worldwide competition for teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design and build radio frequency (RF) and microwave hardware for small satellites.

The most promising designs will undergo space environmental qualification testing and will be incorporated in a cubesat, which will be launched into orbit (in case MTT-Sat Challenge secures enough funding and a participation in cubesat projects).

The main goal of the MTT-Sat Challenge is to advance space RF and microwave education, inspire students to pursue science and engineering education and careers, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders with the interdisciplinary teamwork skills, which are necessary for success. The MTT-Sat Challenge is managed by the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S), a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization, with additional experts and advisors in the field.

The deadline for submission is October, 1, 2019, 11 pm (Hawaii Standard Time, HST).

More information: