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.



• 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.