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School of Engineering Warwick University Satellite Project

Illustration of satellite pointing at Earth

WUSAT is a multi-disciplinary 4th Year MEng satellite engineering team. Its mission status is as follows:

Mission 1 (2006 – 2012) - The Electrical Power Sub-System Team for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ESMO satellite designed to operate in orbit around the moon carrying a range of scientific instrumentation. Prime contractor - Surrey Satellite TEchnology Ltd.

Mission 2 (2012 – 2013) – WUSAT-1 – 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.

Mission 3 (2013 – 2015) – WUSAT-2 – in collaboration with ESA, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB), in March 2015 WUSAT-2 was launched via a Rexus rocket from the Swedish Space Centre (ESRANGE) to an altitude of 88km. Carrying a WUSAT-designed light spectrometer, it was ejected from the rocket’s nosecone and measured the density of atmospheric elements as it returned through the atmosphere at speeds up to Mach 2. It became the first device ejected from a Rexus launch to successfully achieve its own communication link to our WUSAT-designed helical antenna and ground station.

Mission 4 (2015 – ?) – WUSAT-3 – currently being designed as a 3-unit CubeSat to be launched to the International Space Station where it will be deployed into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO ~ 400km) via the NanoRacks CubeSat deployment system on-board the ISS. WUSAT-3 will carry a high-resolution direction finder designed to locate and monitor the status of bird/animal migration smart tags working in support of the ICARUS system that is also installed on the ISS. Deployable antenna design will be a key feature of this mission and successful deployment of this would be a unique achievement for CubeSat technology.

WUSAT PROGRAMME FEATURES

  • Collaboration with approximately 40 companies during the past 10 years to provide finance, equipment, components, training, software, and technical assistance to the WUSAT team. Extensive outreach via joint publicity with their promotion.

  • An alumni contact list of 80 former WUSAT members now working in industry.

  • We are developing a Space Technology Research Group based around our WUSAT facility. It currently comprises over 20 academic staff who offer a range of research specialisms applicable to the Space Industry. It is believed that this will be the first specific engineering research group dedicated to Space Technology in the UK. We will shortly make this link live once details are complete.

  • Many WUSAT students progress to study engineering at PhD level, and many are now working in Space Technology companies.

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We have first-rate collaborations with several major companies. If you're interested in supporting the Warwick University Satellite Team, please see our sponsorship information.