The Warwick University Satellite (WUSAT) Team are now in our eighth year of operation. We completed six years of work (2006–2012) as the electrical power subsystem team on ESA's moon orbiting satellite (ESMO).
Since early 2012 we have been developing our own Cubesat satellite, a nanosatellite, typically a cube 0.1m wide with a mass of less than 1.33kg.
In May 2013, our first Cubesat (WUSAT1) was launched via a high-altitude weather balloon to an altitude of 30km in order to test its systems in a harsh environment where the ambient temperature dropped to lower than -50°C, prior to future rocket launches. The satellite successfully took some stunning images and video you can see in the Media section of our website.
Currently we are engaged in further development of the satellite (WUSAT2) to carry a spectroscopy payload to an altitude approaching 100km. We have been accepted to take part in the prestigious DLR/SNSB project REXUS (Rocket Experiment for University Students) and are working towards this launch on a sounding rocket from the Esrange Space Centre in northern Sweden in 2015. The spectroscopy payload will sample elements of the Earth's atmosphere as it descends, and will emulate and prove a method of analysing potential exoplanets that exist outside of our own Solar System.