Desirée has computed the lifetime due to drag of MIST if it tumbles randomly. She used NASA's Debris Assessment Software and looked at two different satellite masses - 3 kg and the maximum allowed for a 3U Cubesat, i.e. 4 kg. The assumed starting date for the analysis was 21 June 2017. As you can see... Continue Reading →
On 20 November 2015 the contract for the basic subsystems for MIST was signed with ISIS - Innovative Solutions In Space. This company is one of the pioneers of the Cubesat era and is located in Delft, the Netherlands. The contract includes the following items: Onboard computer Power conditioning and distribution Battery pack Magnetorquers Solar... Continue Reading →
Left: Agnes and Ernst discussing the satellite structure by looking at a structure for another project. Right: Desirée using the Project manager's old PC laptop (left) to run NASA's Debris Assessment Software (DAS) to compute the lifetime of the MIST student satellite. She uses her Mac (right) to plot the results using MATLAB.