Multidisciplinary teams of 5 students will engage in solving design, development and testing challenges:

  • February 11, 2019

    Space Mission Predesign Challenge. First edition

    Student teams from all universities compete to create the best preliminary design of a Moon-flyby CubeSat mission according to a given set of requirements. Winners receive an award and are tasked with the systems engineering of the rest of the mission.


  • September 2, 2019

    Space Mission Predesign Challenge. Second edition

    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.

    September 2, 2019

  • October, 2019

    Detailed Design and Test Challenges

    In this phase, the specific design, development and testing challenges start. Each institution will be offering specific challenges on the design, development and testing of nanosatellite components. Some of these challenges will be related to components of the winner nanosatellite design of the first preliminary design competition (lunar fly-by), others to nanosatellite testing facilities and there will also be a challenge on the detailed design of a roscoff worms payload, considered in the second edition of the preliminary design competition…

  • 2021

    The output is an integrated and tested engineering model of the whole mission.