Joining the HES Faraand Gostar Research Company (HESCO) to sponsor the competition

 | Post date: 2022/02/20 | 
Greetings

In the second round of the competition, HES Faraand Gostar Research Company (HESCO) became one of the sponsors of the Cube Satellite Design and Construction Challenge.

Thanks to the director of HES Faraand Gostar Research Company (HESCO), we hope to take a big step towards achieving the goals of this scientific competition and the evolution of the space industry with this cooperation.

Secretariat of Scientific and Industrial Competition for Design and Construction of Cube Satellites 🛰️

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CubeSat Competition Schedule

 | Post date: 2022/02/3 | 

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January 7th Online meeting video

 | Post date: 2022/01/9 | 
For further information about the competition, please download the January 7th Online meeting recorded video from the link below. 

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Extension deadline

 | Post date: 2021/12/4 | 
We hereby announce that the registration deadline for the competition has been extended until the end of December.

your sincerely
CubeST Competition secretariat

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First round appreciation ceremony

 | Post date: 2021/11/25 | 

We invite you to participate in the appreciation ceremony of the top teams of the first round of the competition on Thursday, November 25th, at 2 to 4 pm Iranian time at the following link.

Conference room


sinecrely,
Cubest Competition Secreteriat


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Mission statement

 | Post date: 2021/10/20 | 

Mission statement of the second round of Iranian Cubesat Competition: 

To provide IoT service, it is intended to design a satellite constellation, comprising 3 to 5 6-U cubesats at LEO along with data transmission terminals, and ground stations network including telemetry reception and telecommand stations. Each terminal should have the opportunity of sending its data (packet of 4 kB) to the constellation at least once in every 12-hour period. The space segment of the constellation should relay  received data to a ground station (located at the participant’s discretion) in less than 12 hours following reception from terminal. The service area for terminal coverage includes the territory of Iran with the maximum possible peripheral area.
 

 Competition criterion: 

Participants will carry out system design (conceptual design) of the space segment and ground segment of a satellite constellation to fulfill the objectives of the mission statement. 
The space segment system design will include determining the orbital parameters of the satellites as well as conceptual design of the satellites’ systems.
The ground segment system design shall include conceptual design of telemetry station, telecommand station(s) and user terminals. User terminals will be designed based on IoT standards.


 Observations: 

  • Participating teams, at their discretion, will determine constellation pattern, orbital parameters, satellites specifications, communication frequencies among users, satellites and grounds stations, and whether or not to incorporate ISL into the system. The satellites’ altitude willl be bound to 500-700 Km.
  • Satellites will be 6-U cubesats with the weight not exceeding 10 kg. Satellites need not to be identical.
  • Incorporating other satellites or ground facilities to fulfill the mission is not allowed.
  • Operational life span of the constellation will be three years.
  • Cost of the constellation design, build up and maintenance will be determined for the course of three years.
  • User terminals will be designed in accordance with IoT standards.


 Participant’s performance assessment: 

Performance of the participants will be assessed based on appropriateness of the design, and criteria such as minimum implementation cost, maximum coverage area and maximum number of covered users.


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International 6U Cubesat Design And Development Competition

 | Post date: 2021/07/18 | 
An international 6U cubesat design and development competition will be held soon by Cubest.ir.
Follow the news to get informed about time schedule, awards, rules and other specifications of this attractive competition.
 

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Satellite Equipments Supply

 | Post date: 2021/06/14 | 
If you are Supplying or demanding Satellite subsystems equipments and parts, please complete the form in the link below.
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Satellite Equipments Supply

 | Post date: 2021/06/14 | 
If you are Supplying or demanding Satellite subsystems equipments and parts, please complete the form in the link below.
click here
 

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Details of the meeting, presentation of the progress report of the teams of the second round of the competition

 | Post date: 2022/03/7 | 
🚀Dear Sir

✅It is reported that at 8:00 AM on Thursday, March 10, 2022, a meeting to present the progress report of the teams with the presence of foreign teams will be held in the Skyroom.

✅In this meeting, each team, depending on their arrival time, will be given a 10-minute presentation in English, or they can play their 10-minute pre-recorded video during the meeting, instead of presenting it in real time.

⚠️All teams must be present at the scheduled time.

* Skyroom Contest Address: https://www.skyroom.online/ch/smashayekhi92/cubest-meetings

Thanks

Secretariat of Scientific and Industrial Competition for Design and development of Cube Satellites 🛰️

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the first image of the central black hole of the milky way has been released

 | Post date: 2022/05/17 | 
The Event Horizon telescope captured the first image of the central black hole of the Milky Way "Sagittarius A*". 

our cosmos is filled with stars with different bodies whose inner nuclear processes generate energy. when this nuclear fuel ends, the star rams and collapses inside itself. stars with a limitous mass of the sun's mass are transformed into black holes after they fall into white dwarfs, stars of moto size by the neutron star and those stars that are several times the mass of the sun.

the black hole's gravitational field is very strong, so that even light is unable to escape it. the boundary of space around the black hole, which cannot be returned by entering, is called the "event horizon". astronomers believe that at the center of most large galaxies in the cosmos is a massive black hole.

after albert einstein predicted the existence of black holes, astronomers were always trying to capture it. but since even light can't escape the black hole, it seemed impossible to capture an image of the black hole.

Finally, in April 2019, astronomers managed to capture the first image of the central black hole of the M87 galaxy 55 million light-years from Earth.

To achieve the image you see below, the team launched a network of telescopes called "Event Horizon" or "EHT" in different parts of the Earth, using a technique called "Very Long Baseline Interferometry", abbreviated as "VLBI". This image shows a glowing ring formed by bending light by extreme gravity around a black hole with a mass about 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun.

The next goal of the EHT team scientists is to capture the central black hole of the Milky Way , "Sagittarius A*", located 26,000 light-years from Earth. Today's EHT news conference reported the latest details associated with the Milky Way's first central black hole image.
 

In this image, 8 telescopes from different parts of the Earth collected data. Explaining their challenges, astronomers pointed to interstellar dust that made it difficult to capture the black hole. This black hole with a mass about 4 million times the mass of the Sun has the same image as the M87 black hole.


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Signing a contract to build an engineering model

 | Post date: 2022/04/4 | 


On Sunday, March 13,2022, in a meeting with the presence of the competition secretary, Engineer Soradeghi, and the heads of the four teams that entered the phase of building the cubic satellite engineering model, a contract was signed between the competition secretariat and the top teams.

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meeting to present the progress report of the participating teams in the second round of the competition

 | Post date: 2022/03/14 | 

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, a meeting to present the progress report of the participating teams in the second round of the competition with the presence of foreign teams was held online in Skyroom. During the meeting, some teams had a 10-minute presentation in English.

Following issues were introduced by the presenting teams:
- Team's background and their members.
- Executive program.
- Current situation and activities.
- Suggestions and criticisms.

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The Iranian satellite

 | Post date: 2022/03/8 | 

Today, on March 8, 2022, Iran managed to indigenously inject the Iranian Noor 2 satellite into a 500-kilometer circular orbit by the three-stage Iranian Ghased launch vehicle.

The mission of this satellite is remote sensing and reconnaissance. Noor satellite separated from the last stage of the launcher 480 seconds after lift off and with the speed of 7.6 km/s.

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Details of the meeting, presentation of the progress report of the teams of the second round of the competition

 | Post date: 2022/03/7 | 
🚀Dear Sir

✅It is reported that at 8:00 AM on Thursday, March 10, 2022, a meeting to present the progress report of the teams with the presence of foreign teams will be held in the Skyroom.

✅In this meeting, each team, depending on their arrival time, will be given a 10-minute presentation in English, or they can play their 10-minute pre-recorded video during the meeting, instead of presenting it in real time.

⚠️All teams must be present at the scheduled time.

* Skyroom Contest Address: https://www.skyroom.online/ch/smashayekhi92/cubest-meetings

Thanks

Secretariat of Scientific and Industrial Competition for Design and development of Cube Satellites 🛰️

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Promise of cooperation and assistance of the chief of the Iranian Space Agency with the team organizing the competition for designing and building a cubic satellite

 | Post date: 2022/03/3 | 

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, during a meeting with the chief of the Iranian Space Agency and the Secretary of the Competition, Mr. Soradeghi and the directorate of Sahab Company at the Iranian Space Agency, while presenting the work done and the achievements of the competition, future plans to expand the Secretariat activities , Was explained and approved by the head of the organization and He promised to work with the organizing team.

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Holding introductory sessions and presenting the progress reports of the teams of the second round of the competition

 | Post date: 2022/02/27 | 
🚀 Greeting

✅ It is reported that from Thursday, March 10th, 2022, introductory sessions and presentation of the teams' progress report will be held in skyroom.

✅ In these sessions, each team will have a 10-minute presentation, and it is essential that presentations be made in English.

➡️ Topics that need to be covered in this presentation include:
- Introducing the group and members
- executive plan
- current situation
-announce suggestions and criticisms

⚠️ Teams can also play their 10-minute pre-recorded video during the meeting instead of presenting it in real time.

Thanks
Secretariat of Scientific and Industrial Competition for Design and development of Cube Satellites 🛰️

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Template of the first phase design report 2nd CubeSat Design

 | Post date: 2022/02/20 | 

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Communications type 6U CubeSats

 | Post date: 2022/02/28 | 

1. M6P 1,2

M6P is a 6U-CubeSat project being developed by the Lithuanian NanoAvionics as a pathfinder mission for their M6P cubesat platform. It is a ride-share mission for two customers.


 

During the mission NanoAvionics will be testing their 6U (called M6P – Multipurpose 6U Platform) platform based on a modular and highly integral design which extends payload volume. The M6P will be 4th Lithuanian built Cubesat and a lot of knowledge and experience will be used gathered from still active LituanicaSat-2 mission.

The M6P will be equipped with active stabilization: integrated magnetorquers and momentum wheels. There will also going to be installed in house build EPS, Flight computer with integrated ADCS, and COMMs. Satellite will also include 2 UHF transceivers (for redundancy purposes) that will work with deployable dual dipole turnstile type antennas.

The M6P platform also includes propulsion system capable to perform maneuvers such as orbital deployment, orbit maintenance, atmospheric drag compensation, precision flight in formations, orbit synchronization and atmospheric drag compensation resulting in extended satellite orbital lifetime. The propulsion unit also provides satellites with decommissioning utility at the end of mission, meeting the space debris mitigation requirements of ESA and NASA. So called “green” chemical propulsion system to reach TRL7 was previously launched with PSLV C-38 and successfully tested in orbit during LituanicaSat-2 mission. Propulsion experiment onboard M6P will bring propulsion system developed by NanoAvionics to TRL9.

To ensure the practical reliability of the platform, radiation-resistant components and design implementations have been incorporated to support critical systems such as the Flight Computer, Payload Controller, Electric Power System and Communication System. The platform is optimized to have a nominal 5 years operational lifetime in a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) environment.

The M6P satellite carries ride-share payloads for two customers:

  • SpaceWorks Orbital will be testing their IoT (Internet of Things) radio technology by demonstrationg ground to space communications for their low-cost IoT archtecture for their Blink Astro business line
  • Lacuna Space will demonstrate the receiving of LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) signals from terrestrial IoT devices to relay the data through the company's cloud-based Lacuna Network

Additionally, the satellite will demonstrate NanoAvioncs' M6P nanosatellite technology.

The satellite was released into a lower than planned orbit due to a delayed deployment, reducing the orbital life time slightly.

A second satellite, R 2 or M6P 2 will be launched in 2020. It is also a hosted payload rideshare mission. The payloads are one of OMS’s miniaturized passive microwave sensors, a Hall-Effect propulsion system demonstrator from Exotrail (?) and another Lacuna Space payload. The software developed by Exotrail (ExoOPS) for mission design and operation will serve as a key propulsion ground segment element for the mission.


2. Kepler constellation

Kepler Communications, a small satellite startup, is designing a constellation of CubeSats for Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) and inter-satellite communications services.


Kepler offers two primary communications services. The first is a global data transfer service that will securely relay gigabytes of data in a high-bandwidth store-and-forward solution via a Ku-band high-data-rate communications system aboard each satellite. The second service will provide cellular-quality, standardized Internet of Things (IoT) connections linking sensors and devices anywhere on Earth with their service provider.
 

After the first initial prototypes, KIPP and CASE and TARS, Kepler needed a mass producible design for the operational constellation.

Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) and Kepler Communications have entered into a satellite development and manufacturing agreement that could serve as a blueprint for future collaboration between microspace and newspace organizations. SFL has designed and built the first fully operational Gen1 nanosatellite in Kepler’s constellation of commercial communications satellites. The design of this satellite will be used by Kepler in mass producing 140 satellites. SFL personnel are assisting with the start up of production at a Kepler-owned and operated manufacturing facility where duplicate satellites will be mass produced. For Gen1, 15 satellites are planned.

SFL's 6U-XL CubeSat platform called Spartan features deployable solar arrays, software defined radios (SDR), a narrowband communications payload and high gain antennas.
 

3. Hydra Constellation

Hydra is a costellation 6U CubeSat developed by Aistech to provide thermal images of the Earth and also help with maritime and aeronautical tracking.


 

For imaging a multispectral imaging system able to take pictures in thermal, infrared and visual spectrum, is on board, for uses in forest management, fire detection, gathering data for agriculture like identifying the health of the plant, analysing land for expansion. It can also detect energy consumption and loss of buildings.

The satellites provide aircraft tracking tracking via an ADS-B receiver. Also a bidirectional communication system is on board to send and receive automatic information from the vessel or remote asset worldwide.

The first four satellites are to be launched in 2020. Aistech plans a constellation of 30 such nanosatellites encircling the planet.
 

4. Hyber 1 , 2

The Hiber 1 and 2 are 6U CubeSat pathfinder missions for Hiber Global's (formerly Magnitude Space) planned communications Cubesat constellation.


 

The Hiber constellation is to consist initially of 18 to 24 cubesats, later to expanded to 50, which are designed to provide connectivity for IoT (Internet of Things) sensors and devices that run on very limited power and are not latency-sensitive.

The 6U CubeSats are being built by ISIS. The payload is built by Hiber Global and integrated at ISIS into the satellites.

The Hiber 1 satellite was launched as a secondary payload on an Indian PSLV rocket in late November 2018. The second satellite, Hiber 2, was launched on Spaceflight Industry's SSO-A multi-satellite launch on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket. In 2019, a Hiber satellite was planned to be launched on a dedicated Vector-R rocket, but did not take place due to Vector dropping out of business.

The company plans to start their services with the initial prototype satellites, and more cubesats are planned to launch in 2019 and 2020, increasing service quality. The second generation Hiber satellites are smaller 3U CubeSats.

 

5. MarCO A, B (Wall-E, Eva)

MarCO (Mars Cube One) is a two spacecraft mission to accompany the InSight Mars lander to provide real-time data relay during the landing phase, as the MRO, MAVEN, and Mars Odyssey orbiters will not be in position to receive InSight data. The probes are nick-named Wall-E and Eva.


 

The MarCO space craft were built at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the 6U-cubesats form factor. They feature two deployable solar arrays and a deployable X-band antenna and an UHF antenna. These provide an 8 kbps UHF link from InSight to MarCO and an 8 kbps X-band link: MarCO to the Deep Space Network (DSN).

A color wide-field engineering camera on each MarCO will be used to confirm high-gain antenna deployment. The wide-field camera has a 138-degree diagonal field of view. Each MarCO also carries a color narrow-field camera with a 6.8-degree diagonal field of view pointed in the direction of the UHF antenna (the opposite direction from the high-gain antenna). Both cameras can produce images 752 by 480 pixels in resolution.

Both MarCOs carry a self-contained propulsion system featuring a system-in-a-tank design with propellant storage and feed system, thrusters and a controller and sensor suite. It has four 4 axial and four RCS 25 mN thrusters using R236FA hydrofluorocarbon gas as propellant.

The MarCO satellites were deployed from the Atlas-5(401) launch vehicles upper stage and fly on their own to Mars, performing trajectory correction maneuvers.

Depending on remaining fuel, the MarCO crafts may continue on to visit a small body.



Reference: space.skyrocket.de


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Space Investment Quarterly- Q1 2021

 | Post date: 2022/02/28 | 

Over the last 10 years, there has been $186.7B of equity investment across 1,480 unique companies in the space economy, led by investment in the U.S. and China, which collectively account for 75% of the global total. Investors deployed another $4.5B into space companies in Q1, which was the fourth consecutive quarter of declining investment after a record quarter in Q2 2020. However, the trend towards larger, late-stage deals continued in Q1 with the top 10 rounds accounting for $3.5B or (77%) of the total investment in the quarter.
Early-stage activity remains healthy, accounting for 41% of rounds closed in Q1. Following a recording year of Infrastructure investment, the stack now accounts for 18% of total investment in the last 10 years.

In this article the space investment quaterly satatistics are announced.


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Third Space Conference (ICS 2022)

 | Post date: 2022/02/28 | 

 
The Iranian Space Agency and the Pakistan Space Agency are holding the third space conference (ICS 2022) on "The role of space technology and applications in economic and social development."

The Pakistan Space Agency (SUPARCO) in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Space Agency (APSCO) and the Inter-Islamic Network in Space Science and Technology (ISNET) is holding this conference with the following topics:

- Space Science Space technology
- Spatial applications
- Space Education, Awareness, and Outreach
- Space Laws, Policies and Regulations

The conference will be held on March 28-30, 2022 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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