UC3M StarWorms: winners of the 2nd edition of the Nanostar Preliminary Design Challenge

In this edition, thirteen multidisciplinary teams of students from the NANOSTAR universities have predesigned a nanosatellite space mission, whose goal 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 of the nanosatellite will monitor the metabolism of the worms and their efficiency for air recycling via video observations and measurements.

The total number of registered students has been 82 students (13 teams), although only six teams have managed to deliver the requested work (a design file, a preliminary design report and an oral video presentation) within the competition deadline (January 6th).

The Evaluation Committee, composed of members from all NANOSTAR institutions, thus specially congratulate these teams (Team Bernoulli, nanoMUSE, UPM StarWorms, Wormonauts, UC3M StarWorms and WOSS) for meeting such a strict deadline and for the great quality of the presented work. The evaluation has been made based on the criteria published at the website, which are:

• Compliancy with the top-level requirements of the mission
• Project consistency and physical soundness
• Risk analysis
• Mission performance
• Solution innovativeness
• Document quality
• Presentation quality
• Team management, communication and organization
• Correct usage of NANOSTAR resources, tools, and methodology
• Multidisciplinarity, gender balance, inter-institutionality and use of Nanostar communication tool

FIRST PRIZE. Best Team Ranking Top 3:

1. UC3M StarWorms from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): Álvaro Sanz Casado (team leader), Carlos Álvaro Arroyo Parejo, Miguel Renieblas Ariño, Sergio Sarasola, Miguel Muñoz Lorente.

2. UPM StarWorms from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Gema Aparicio Cantalapiedra (team leader), César Díez Factor, Jonathan Martín Palomo, Fernando Ayape Alonso.

3. nanoMUSE from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Inés Vargas (team leader), David Moreno, Manuel Soto-Aranaz González, Alberto Rodríguez Pérez-Silva, Jaume Fortaleza Llorens.

Best predesign document:

UC3M StarWorms from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M (Spain): Álvaro Sanz Casado (team leader), Carlos Álvaro Arroyo Parejo, Miguel Renieblas Ariño, Sergio Sarasola, Miguel Muñoz Lorente.

Most innovative mission:

nanoMUSE from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Inés Vargas (team leader), David Moreno, Manuel Soto-Aranaz González, Alberto Rodríguez Pérez-Silva, Jaume Fortaleza Llorens.

Best management practices:

UPM StarWorms from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Gema Aparicio Cantalapiedra (team leader), César Díez Factor, Jonathan Martín Palomo, Fernando Ayape Alonso.

Best oral presentation:

Team Bernoulli from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (Spain): Tomás Girona Gutiérrez (team leader), Gonzalo Azaña Caro, Daniel Gómez de Antonio, Néstor Martínez Ribera, José Luis Ramírez

Congratulations to the winners and all participating student teams!

All six teams that have submitted their work shall receive an official participation diploma. Additional diplomas shall be awarded to the teams that have won a special prize. The first prize team (UC3M StarWorms) shall be awarded both a laptop/person and the possibility to participate to the international nanosatellites conference 4S Symposium 2020 (Small Satellites Systems and Services) where they can present their mission design. This possibility shall be confirmed in the month of February.

Once again, the Nanostar evaluation committee wishes to thank all participating teams for their effort and for the great quality of the submitted work.

Download the press release here.

UC3M StarWorms from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, (Spain): Álvaro Sanz Casado (team leader), Carlos Álvaro Arroyo Parejo, Miguel Renieblas Ariño, Sergio Sarasola, Miguel Muñoz Lorente.