Work begins

September once again brings the beginning of the academic year and with this the next phase in the development of the University of Southampton Small Satellite project or UoS3.  This year is focused on the design of the satellite subsystems, verifying those designs and integration into a non-flight demonstration model.  Subsequently, we can progress to building flight hardware.

More people are involved in this project than ever before: one senior lecturer, two PhD students, fifteen, fourth year engineering undergraduates and one university society.  The fifteen engineering students are split in to design groups as part of their final year projects.

One group comprises of Aerospace and Mechanical engineers from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment (FEE).  This group of ten students are responsible for the telecommunications, attitude control and power subsystems as well as the load bearing structure of the satellite.

The other group is made up of students from the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS).  The flight computer and sensors payload are the responsibility of this group.

The Southampton University Space Flight Society (SUFS) is involved are taking responsibility for building, maintaining and operating a ground station for the satellite at the University.  The satellite will operate over amateur radio frequencies so if you are a Ham operator and would like to get involved or find out more about the project please get in touch.

About Mark Coulter

Mark is a fourth year Aeronautics and Astronautics undergraduate at the University of Southampton specialising in Spacecraft Engineering. He is involved in the FEE (Engineering) GDP and heads up the publicity side of the UoS3 project.


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