Session

Pre-Conference Workshop Session V: Educational Programs

Location

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Abstract

The CubeSat standard is today used by many universities and companies as an educational and research tool on space systems. The development of a nanosatellite project requires numerous tools and competences, which makes it an excellent training vector. However, it also requires appropriate experience, facilities and resources, which can be difficult to gather. Hence the need to work in a network. NANOSTAR emerges as a project funded by INTERREG-SUDOE through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aiming to develop a network of excellence among universities, the regional industry and the scientific ecosystem in order to create a leading collaborative online platform in Europe for nanosatellites. NANOSTAR aims to provide students with a high level of skills in space engineering and project engineering. In the past year, challenges have been proposed and different education strategies have been adopted. This paper describes the project and gives details about the collaborative online platform and the students challenges. The preliminary mission design challenges are presented, as well as the winner solutions to those challenges. Also, it dis-cusses the methods used to motivate and educate the students. Finally, it draws conclusions based on an analysis of the work development and proposes strategies for the future.

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Aug 1st, 12:00 AM

Nanostar, A Collaborative Approach to Nanosatellite Education

Utah State University, Logan, UT

The CubeSat standard is today used by many universities and companies as an educational and research tool on space systems. The development of a nanosatellite project requires numerous tools and competences, which makes it an excellent training vector. However, it also requires appropriate experience, facilities and resources, which can be difficult to gather. Hence the need to work in a network. NANOSTAR emerges as a project funded by INTERREG-SUDOE through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aiming to develop a network of excellence among universities, the regional industry and the scientific ecosystem in order to create a leading collaborative online platform in Europe for nanosatellites. NANOSTAR aims to provide students with a high level of skills in space engineering and project engineering. In the past year, challenges have been proposed and different education strategies have been adopted. This paper describes the project and gives details about the collaborative online platform and the students challenges. The preliminary mission design challenges are presented, as well as the winner solutions to those challenges. Also, it dis-cusses the methods used to motivate and educate the students. Finally, it draws conclusions based on an analysis of the work development and proposes strategies for the future.