Agnes (left) and Borbala examine the newly assembled cable mock-up. Solar panels are simulated with transparent plexiglass to be able to see the internal routing of wires. Now we know what a huge effort the manufacturing and installation of all cabling is.
The functional testing of MIST is now concentrating on creating a simulation environment for future full flight simulations. It consists of solar panel simulators developed by a student (Gustav) earlier and simulators of the power drain of experiments as a function of time developed by yet another student (Malte). The solar panel simulators and the... Continue Reading →
B.Sc. thesis students Valentin and Carl have designed a three-axis Helmholtz coil system that first eliminate the Earth's maghnetic field in the center of the coil system and then can add a magnetic field vector as strong as the Earth's field in any direction and even rotate that vector at a rate of 360 degrees... Continue Reading →
Students Borbala and David work hard to build a representative 3D-printed version of the satellite, including the harness.
The Swedish Space community regularly holds gatherings to exhange ideas. This year, the event "Rymdfoum" was held in the town of Trollhättan on 24-26 March 2019. Trollhättan is the home of GKN Aerospace, the maker of jet engines and important parts of rocket engines for the Ariane launch vehicle family. The MIST project had a... Continue Reading →
B.Sc. thesis students Louise and Mustafa have built this simulator of the antenna system for our student satellite. It simulates how commands are sent from the onboard computer to the antenna system microcontroller. This controller then triggers current through resistors that melt nylon wires and then simulated antennas deploy! All computers are simulated by Arduinos... Continue Reading →
Work in a real space project for two semesters and earn academic credits Interesting positions open for the 2019-2020 academic year APPLY NOW! Students are offered to work for credits on challenging tasks in the technical areas below. Mechanical test, analysis, and CAD (2 positions) Thermal analysis and test (1 position) Functional testing and on-board... Continue Reading →
On 14 January the thermal vacuum tank that wioll form a major part of KTH's space technology lab arrived at the Albanova University Center from its manufacturer i Italy. In the picture below the Director General of the Swedish National Space Agency, Mrs Anna Rathsman, and KTH physics professor Mark Pearce look at the huge... Continue Reading →
In January 2019 the first full-orbit power simulation using the Solar Panel Simulator (SPS) developed by student Gustav Pettersson was conducted. The SPS mimics the beaviour iof the solar panels as if thery were in orbit and takes into account orbital position, solar illumination, mutual shadowing of solar panels and the Earth's albedo. The SPS... Continue Reading →