Weekly Update #20: 65 Students Building A Satellite (MGMT)

This blog post is not about any of the technical aspects of the satellite. It rather is about how many people are building this satellite. Except for our project manager Martin Langer, every single one of them is a student spending her or his free time on MOVE-II. As you can see below, our mission Read more about Weekly Update #20: 65 Students Building A Satellite (MGMT)[…]

Weekly Update #19: Ground Support Equipment (EPS)

In this weekly update, we will give an update about recent progress in the Electrical Power System (EPS) team which is responsible for the critical aspect of reliably providing power to all other subsystems. Focussing upon reliability, we will purchase a well-proven EPS from Clyde Space with an integrated battery. Although the board comes pre-tested, Read more about Weekly Update #19: Ground Support Equipment (EPS)[…]

Weekly Update #18: Ground Station Software (COM)

The MOVE-II project is step by step coming closer to a first testable system. This weekly update will give you some more details about the software used at the ground station. The communications subsystem is not only working with the hardware to send and receive signals, but also on the software needed to process those signals.

Continuing an earlier update this post will describe the Control Infrastructure and the surrounding systems in more detail. […]

Weekly Update #17: New Command and Data Handling System (CDH)

The final on board computer solution has been chosen and we are ready to tell you more about it! A SoC from Hyperion Technologies will be used. It provides several desirable features such as ECC protection and low power utilization. This was an important step because it permits us to develop the final setup and Read more about Weekly Update #17: New Command and Data Handling System (CDH)[…]

Weekly Update #16: Systems Engineering within MOVE-II

What is SE? „Systems engineering is the art and science of developing an operable system capable of meeting requirements within imposed constraints.“ (Michael D. Griffin, Ex Administrator of NASA) On the semestral MOVE-Workshop, end of March 2016, our team was officially founded. At the start we consisted of two people, Kim Steinkirchner and Florian Schummer. Read more about Weekly Update #16: Systems Engineering within MOVE-II[…]

Weekly Update #15: Thermal Vacuum Testing

Knowledge is power. But without actual electric power we won’t be able to obtain any knowledge from MOVE-II. This power will be provided by solar panels on the sun-facing side of the satellite that will be arranged in a windmill-like structure. They will charge up the batteries of the Electronic Power System (EPS) which is Read more about Weekly Update #15: Thermal Vacuum Testing[…]

Weekly Update #14: Ground Station

To operate a satellite, we need a ground and control segment. One of the most important parts of the ground segment is the ground station. The ground station provides the user with radio links for telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C). The ground station we use in the MOVE2 project consists roughly of three parts: Mechanical Read more about Weekly Update #14: Ground Station[…]

Weekly Update #13: Electronic Design of the ADCS Test Bench

Prototype. Test. Repeat.   At first, our satellite was nothing but words and sketches. They grew into diagrams and calculations. Now, with less than two years until launch, we need to build working prototypes, test them thoroughly and learn from their failures to finally build a reliable satellite. Our main problem is: Most of us Read more about Weekly Update #13: Electronic Design of the ADCS Test Bench[…]