NANOSTAR meeting in Covilhã

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!!

NANOSTAR Student Challenges at UC3M

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 Detailed Design and Testing Challenges: Online registration is open!

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).

Contents produced by the winning teams of the First Preliminary Design Competition

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):



Innovation challenges of ENSEIRB-MATMECA

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:


IEEE MTT-Sat Challenge is calling for your ideas!

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:

Fly Your Satellite! 3: Call for proposals

ESA invites university student teams from ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia that are developing a one, two or three-unit CubeSat with mainly educational objectives to propose their satellite for the new edition of the “Fly Your Satellite!” (FYS) programme.

Fly Your Satellite! is an educational programme for university students, created by ESA after the launch of seven university CubeSats on the 2012 Vega maiden flight. Six teams participated in the first edition of the programme, which concluded in 2016 with the launch of three satellites, while in parallel a pilot edition was undertaken to deploy a satellite from the International Space Station. The second edition of Fly Your Satellite! is currently ongoing since 2017, and participating university teams are advancing closer towards testing and launch. The call for proposals for the third edition is now open.

The aim of the programme is to support university student teams throughout the design, assembly, integration, testing, and verification process of their educational CubeSats. By participating in the programme, students will implement standard practices for spacecraft development; receive support from experienced ESA specialists; attend tailored training courses; and will be offered access to state-of-the-art test facilities.

For the current call, launch opportunities to LEO are envisioned. Teams should indicate in their CubeSat Proposal the range of orbits to which they are compatible in terms of mission objectives, ground coverage, system performance, etc. Launches from the International Space Station may be offered within the programme, and as those launches may be more readily available due to recurrent resupply flights, compatibility with the ISS safety requirements and orbit is strongly recommended.

Student teams can apply by submitting a proposal describing their CubeSat project and demonstrating its maturity. Throughout the proposal, teams must show that the project is compliant with the programmatic and technical requirements of the Fly Your Satellite! programme.

Teams accepted into the programme will work on different stages of the final design, assembly, integration, and verification of their CubeSat and ground station, in preparation for the launch and mission operations. ESA specialists will guide them through the necessary processes and preparation of requested documentation packages and will evaluate the student team’s work. The programme is structured in multiple phases, following the typical development cycle of a space mission, and student teams will need to pass project reviews to advance to each subsequent phase. The launch will be offered by ESA to those teams that demonstrate the readiness of their spacecraft and ground segment and compatibility with the technical and safety requirements. Once in orbit, teams are supported in the operational phase and will share mission data and technical or scientific results.

Application – Open!

This opportunity is open to university student teams from ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia.

The submission deadline for proposals is 13 October 2019 at 23:59 CEST.

A Selection Workshop for the shortlisted teams is expected to take place in December 2019 at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.



Workshop on IDM at Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal

On 20th and 21st May 2019, the students from Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal) attended a Workshop on IDM with Jean-Luc Le Gal.

Conception of a UHF/VHF ground station

Astre’nogs is a challenge supportted by six Toulouse students members of Astre association.

These antennas will be part of an open source global network of satellite ground-stations named Satnogs. They will be made available to the scientific community and will enable to receive UHF and VHF frequencies.

Astre’Nogs challenge is funded by the Interreg SUDOE project NANOSTAR.

Student Challenges organization meeting

The 14th and 15th of January took place the meeting about the organization of the Generic Student Challenges that will start in March-April 2019 under the supervision of the Carlos III Madrid University.

The meeting took place at the Centre Spatial Universitaire de Montpellier (CSUM), and included a visit to the Ground station where CSUM receives signals from in-orbit 1U CubeSat “ROBUSTA-1B”, and a demo in the Concurrent Design Facility.