UPC students to launch nanosatellite into space

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UPC students to launch nanosatellite into space

The nanosatellite will gather information from Earth observation.
The nanosatellite will gather information from Earth observation.

The team 3Cat4, made of 18 students from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), are launching a nanosatellite in 2019. The satellite, CubeCat 4, was developed at UPC’s NanoSat Lab and will be launched into space to gather information from Earth observation.

3Cat4 is the only team from Spain and one of the six teams in Europe that have made it to the final stage of the 2ndFly Your Satellite!, a programme of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The project is led by Professor Adriano Camps and supported by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC). 80% of the technology used to develop the CubeCat 4 came from UPC itself.

The CubeCat 4 integrates a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reflectometry to examine climatic events, geographical features and oceanic parameters by detecting and analysing signals as reflected by navigation satellite constellations.

In addition, it will be equipped with the technology to follow up all kinds of vessels in intercontinental voyages.

From the sky to the Earth

The satellite will rely on support from two receivers on Earth, in Barcelona and Àger, Lleida, at Parc Astronòmic Montsec. They will gather the information sent from space and share it with all interested organisations.

The members of 3Cat4 are currently getting ready for critical design review, in compliance with ESA standards. On 17 September, all the project’s technical documents will be reviewed by Agency representatives.

After that, they will build the satellite and perform functional tests. The CubeCat will be launched from the International Space Station in 2019, orbiting at 400km above the Earth for about two years.