STA POCKETQUBE SATELLITE
Long-term pocketqube project with one design cycle
DESIGN OF OUR FIRST POCKETQUBE
According to the standards of Alba and the
ALWAYS READY TO GO
All the time at least one Pocketqube ready for launch
ONE DESIGNCYCLE PER SEMESTER
Further development and completion of a model per semester
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