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AQUIS

STA POCKETQUBE SATELLITE

Long-term pocketqube project with one design cycle

per semester

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DESIGN OF OUR FIRST POCKETQUBE

According to the standards of Alba and the

TU Delft

ALWAYS READY TO GO

All the time at least one Pocketqube ready for launch

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ONE DESIGNCYCLE PER SEMESTER

Further development and completion of a model per semester

Mission Objectives

The Small Things !

AQUIS - The aim of project AQUIS is to develop a real nanosatellite according to the Pocketqube standard postulated by Alba Orbital and the TU Delft. Pocketqubes are miniaturized Cubesats with a bounding volume of just 5 x 5 x 5 cm in launch configuration and just 250 gr of launch mass. We have equipped our first prototype with the minimum systems necessary for a real satellite. It has an on-board computer based on a Cortex M0 microcontroller, a power supply system consisting of solar cells and a digital camera battery, and a communication system based on a chip for IoT applications.
We are currently working on our next design, which will improve all the functionalities of the first prototype and realise them on a reduced volume, so that we have more space in the satellite for a payload, e.g. an experiment. The new features will also include retractable solar panels.

  • Fast project cycles helpful for new members

  • One semester is enough to take part in a full project cycle (relevant e.g. for master's students)

  • Long-term goal: work towards an actual take-off, always having a flight model ready (previous iteration)

  • First two iterations to master the basics and decide which features should be installed