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5/11/2015 updated
We put answers here to questions about ChubuSat Instrument Development project that are frequently asked.

Q: What is the most important point from the aim of ChubuSat Instrument Development Project?

A: There are many purposes in this project. The most two important points are briefly indicated as following:
  • Students from different academic areas cooperatively go for the common aim. Accordingly, Students meet the differences among their research fields and help promote exchanging ideas.
  • Projects are not carried out according to pre-determined procedures. Students are independently carrying out the project facing difficulties and overcoming on their own. It cultivates the problem solving, project planning and management abilities.
Especially as of the second point, it was pointed out over and over for what industry expects to this program when exchanging opinions with the industrial leaders in Chubu region.

Q: I am feeling that it doesn't need to involve ChubuSat Instrument Development Project in order to achieve the aim above though. Do I really have to develop ChubuSat Instrument related?

A: A: This program aims to nurture international leaders who develop frontier space and lead advanced technology industries. To take a deep thought regarding space industries throughout ChubuSat project is a main philosophy and essential in this program.

Q: "Students independently manage a project." Does this mean only students themselves execute things for all of the operations?

A: Students are given much importance to be independent. It doesn't mean non-interference by others. In principle, meeting and testing are supervised of their progress by faculty advisor. Please ask faculty anytime if you need advises or opinions during the meeting.

Q: In this program, which point or area of achievement should a team aim to on the instrument development?

A: It is an ideal if even a part of satellite instrument can be technically demonstrated. Each team has different progress because this program is led by students given much importance for independence, not along a manual ready-made. The process is more important than the results.

Q: I would like to continue the instrument development after the completion of the project. What should I do?

A: To excellent feasible proposal, we will technically and economically support the development until its launch in Flight-model fabrication phase. (It is not a commitment for a launch by JAXA etc.) Please feel free to contact faculty. (It is not necessary to belong to an original team member for the proposal chosen.

Q: I have some technical matters I don't understand. How do I make approaches to solve them?

A: ChubuSat Instrument Development Project is basically run by students, but we don't expect all problems for them to be solved by their own. We encourage students to take a consultation with experts around you and faculty in ChubuSat Promotion Office. Specialty area of faculty is shown in "Introduction of Faculty member" of ChubuSat Instrument Development Project on web-site. Practically, in the project, there might exist insolvable problems. It is also important skill to bring out information from experts appropriately. To be lead for a certain direction, it is essential to order problems for ones on the outside to understand clearly. Also, it had better keep asking until satisfied if you are uncertain of explanations from experts. Obscure information and knowledge will make the cause of failure.

Q: How much of the workload will be estimated from this project?

A: There are two things which are for meetings generally held once a week and for work time carrying out of each task assigned. Meetings will take about 90-180 minutes each time. (Spending time further than 3 hours would make a content thinner and less meaningful. It will be better to prepare an agenda in advance and make it done efficiently.) The work time carried out will be depending on your task how it progresses, please try not to spend more than 8 hours per week which avoids bothering other activities as much as possible. (It doesn't mean to encourage spending 8 hours every week.)

Q: Please give me the annual timeline regarding report meetings and submission date for a proposal and a document.

A: In Mission Proposal Phase, students need to submit MDRs and each team gives a presentation at Report meetings. In the middle of June, Interim report meeting is held and students submit their first MDR draft and in early October, Final report meeting is held and students submit their final MDR. In Instrument Development Phase, students will hold a report meeting and submit a document, as a rough indication, 3 month after this phase starts

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