2022-2023 Satellite Design Competition: Nanosatellites
Space Sustainability is a topic that has often been neglected throughout the decades of space development. This meant that defunct satellites were simply left to drift in space until they eventually fell back to Earth. However, this may take centuries. The 1958 Vanguard probe is expected to remain in orbit for 240 years, for example. Because of these concerns, much effort has gone into cataloging the number of debris objects in geostationary (GEO) and low-earth (LEO) orbits.
The 2022-2023 Satellite Design Competition invites students to design, construct and operate a nanosatellite payload system with the aim of developing a detection system for identifying piece(s) of space debris. Students shall create a payload concept, trade off performance parameters and pass through a rigorous review process with panels of experts within the space industry. The competition aims to reach out to students from multiple scientific fields, including, but not limited to, aerospace engineers, computer science engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and physicists.
The competition aims to:
- Challenge students to perform a complex, systems engineering task for the development of a payload to meet a set of real space mission requirements
- Gain exposure and experience of the typical design processes and protocols in industry projects, including multiple project reviews
- Enable students to apply taught technical skills and learn new ones relevant to a job in the space industry in an applicable project environment
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop and practice other important and transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership and project management
- Provide students with support and advice from leading industry experts