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PAST NANO-SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

[updated: March 2017]

The past nano-satellite development project in our laboratory is listed below. You can see the detail by clicking each satellite name.

Hepta Hepta is a 7cm cubical nano-satellite model kit developed by Prof. Yamazaki. We have developed a hands-on training course using Hepta and a textbook. You can learn the system architecture, development process, integration and test of nano-satellite practicaly. We have already held a workshop using Hepta in other country.
CanSat(ARLISS) CanSat is originally a 350ml can sized satellite model. Three times larger than the original CanSat is called "OpenClass" CanSat. Until FY2009, undergradulate student of 4th degree in our laboratory developed CanSats from April and participated in ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellte) in August or September. ARLISS is a launch event of model rocket held at the Black Rock desert in Nevad, U.S.A. In ARLISS, CanSats are launched to about 4km altitude by the model rocket, and deployed from the rocket. After that, CanSats conduct their mission during they fall slowly with thier parachute. This was a routene activity in our laboratory. The participation of ARLISS is a very good opportunity to learn the foundation of the technology for satellite development and project management pricatically.
Satellite
Design Contest
This contest is a student contest to compete the quality of the design of 50kg class satellite. The final presentation is held in November every year. The master course students of 1st degree in or laboratory applied this contest until about ten years ago. Recently younger students in Satellite Lab applied the contest to learn the basic of satellite development. The Satellite Design Contest is a very good opportunity to study on spacecraft engineering.
Freshman program Every spring, young students who are interested in satellite development join the Satellite Lab. We hold a training course to learn the basic knowledge and skill necessary for satellite development so that they are going to be able to participate in the real satellite development in our laboratory. We call this course "freshman program". This program was developed by the graduate students in 2010, and have been modified every year. At the beginning, the program started in April, and the young students have the lectures on basic knowledge about nano-satellite, on the operation of measurement instruments and machine tools, on programing, design and manufacturing of PCB using PIC, and manufacture their original CanSats, and conduct a field experiment using a captive balloon in November of December. Recently the program has been changing to the training course using Hepta, group study for the participation to the Satellite Design Contest, and so on.


College of Science and Technology, Nihon University
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Miyazaki and Yamazaki Laboratory
College of Science and Technology, Nihon University
7-24-1 Narashinodai, Funabashi, Chiba 274-8501, Japan
e-mail: asel (at) forth.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp