The Basic Low Earth Orbit UNSW Experimental Satellite (BLUEsat) project is an engineering project being undertaken by undergraduate students at the University of New South Wales. It aims to raise awareness of space and give students the opportunity to investigate, design, build and launch a satellite. The project is supported by ACSER, the EE Faculty UNSW, Thales, and Optus.
A successful functional demonstration of the complete satellite was achieved in July of 2013. A test Launch Vehicle is currently being sourced.
The project will officially wrap up in April 2014 with the flight and final test of BLUEsat via stratospheric balloon from Wagga Wagga, courtesy of ADFA. It will be flying an experimental GPS Namuru V3.2, developed by the UNSW School of Surveying, as its first payload.
The BLUEsat Project is intended to become the BLUEsat Group - a association of undergraduate engineers at UNSW with an interest in space technologies. Progressing from BLUEsat's first launch, the group will focus on a number of space projects and competitions. The Canadian Space Design Challenge and Lunabotics Competition comprise BLUEsat's focus for 2014.
Thien Nguyen - President - Studying Bachelors of Mechatronics Engineering and Science (Mathemtics)
Cameron Brown - CTO - Studying Bachelors of Electrical Engineering
James Roberts-Thomson - COO - Studying combined Bachelors of Commerce and Electrical Engineering
- Low Earth Orbit
- 250mm cube
- 2 VHF (145 MHz) receivers
- 2 UHF (432 MHz) transmitters
- 6 panels of 14 solar cells
- Battery Pack
- 133 MHz Flight Computer
- Isolated Payload Tray
- Global Positioning System
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