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ChubuSat Instrument Development Project

ChubuSat-mission.png ChubuSat Instrument Development Project aims to develop on-board instruments on Nagoya University-lead microsatellite ChubuSat. Students .make groups from various academic fields in Science and Engineering and carry out project planning, testing and development. It will nurture problem-solving, management and execution skills. ChubuSat Instrument Development Project consisting of 3 phases, at Mission Proposal Phase, each student group makes an instrument development proposal. At Instrument Development Phase, they make a prototype model  and give a test, at Flight-Model Fabrication Phase, the most excellent proposal selected will conduct a full-scale development and testing. They will go for the instrument to be on-board ChubuSat and launch. At Flight-Model Fabrication Phase, participation will be at their own choice) The same type of reviews which are done for the actual satellite development testing will be held at appropriate stages.

Mission Proposal Phase

Teams of five to eight students from differing academic fields prepare mission proposals that utilize ChubuSat microsatellite. Projects are organized and carried out by students to develop their project planning, management, and problem-solving skills. Projects judged to be the most meaningful and viable may be supported until launch.  The duration for this phase is set approximately up to 8 hours per week x 6 months. Regarding of conditions of ChubuSat on-board instrument and past proposals, please see the documents of ChubuSat instrument development project-related.

Instrument Development Phase

Continuing to Mission Proposal Phase, the aim here in Instrument Development is to stimulate students' execution skills through prototyping and testing.  There are some tasks on this phase following.
  • Development and testing a proto-type model of instrument proposed at Mission Proposal Phase
  •   Structural test (vibration and shock)
  •   Thermal vacuum test
  •   Communications test
  • Practical operations and development related to ChubuSat
    • Position measurement based on GPS
    • Solar Panel deployment mechanisms
    • Using commercial FPGA on-board computer
    • ChubuSat operation (attitude control adjustment, etc if available)
The duration will be set approximately within 16 hours per week x 3 months.

Flight -Model Fabrication Phase

In Flight-Model Fabrication Phase, students may participate in developing with a highly feasible satellite instrument among those proposed in Mission Proposal Phase can be continued with voluntary participation of student teams with the support of faculty advisors. In order to install on a ChubuSat and launch. Students can choose any project regardless of the projects they are involved with in Mission Proposal Phase

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