With the support of NANOSTAR, our partner Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI, Portugal) is now developing a student CubeSat project called CUBISat. The objective is to develop a 1U CubeSat technology demonstrator for an Attitude and Dynamics control System.

Magnetic attitude determination and control devices are one of the cheapest most reliable, small and lightweight attitude systems. However, they have limitations, in particular a relatively low accuracy and actuation capability requiring other attitude sensors and actuators. Theoretical studies demonstrate that a solely magnetic Attitude Determination and Control system might be capable of providing three-axis orbital attitude for nanosatellites. To test the proposed algorithms for future space missions a technology demonstrator is needed.

In this activity, the students are performing a health check on a CubeSat reaction wheel that would be used in the CUBISAT.

Students involved:

Supervisor: Jorge Monteiro


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!!

The 11th International Workshop and Advanced School “Spaceflight Dynamics and Control” took place at the University of Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal. It was organized by the Centre for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and Technologies of the University of Beira Interior (C-MAST) and SpaceWay.

The Workshop consisted of a number of lectures given by several well-known specialists in Astrodynamics from all over the world. The sessions were dedicated to a large variety of topics, from mission analysis to dynamics and control of space systems and small satellites.

The target audience of the event included university students and researchers from aerospace sector. The Workshop program included talks both on theoretical studies on space systems and experimental results, and several topics were discussed:

  • Space Missions
  • Dynamics and Control of Space Systems
  • Orbital Dynamics
  • Small Satellites
  • Space Systems in Portugal
  • Space Industry in Portugal