Under the direction of Dr William E Crofts: BA; MSc by Research; PhD (Warwick); MIET; MIEEE; Chartered Engineer.
WUSat 2 was the latest satellite project in which the students successfully launched a CubeSat into space from the Swedish National Space Centre in April 2015, carrying its spectroscopy payload to an altitude approaching 100km. The spectroscopy payload will sample elements of the Earth’s atmosphere proving a method of analysing potential exoplanets that exist outside of our Solar System.
The CubeSat’s radio transmission system uses LPRS’ eRIC (easyRadio Integrated Controller) modules for communication and in component prototypes. Donated by RS Components, the eRIC module is the latest module in LPRS’ worldwide (use) sub-1GHz easyRadio range.
Find out more about the Warwick University Satellite (WUSat) Project
WUSat 1 saw their first CubeSat mission launched in May 2013 via a high-altitude weather balloon to an altitude of 30km in order to test its systems in a harsh environment where the ambient temperature dropped to lower than -50°C prior to future rocket launches. The satellite successfully took some stunning images and video.
What is a CubeSat?
A CubeSat is a nanosatellite, typically a cube 10cm² with a mass of up to 1.33kg. It is designed to provide low cost space access for small scale payloads with many CubeSat’s being sent up on the same rocket to reduce costs.
Images from a visit to Warwick School of Engineering.
The 2015 WUSat team pictured top left, followed by; cubesat in progress; Dr William E Crofts: BA; MSc by Research; PhD (Warwick); MIET; MIEEE; Chartered Engineer; cubesat up close; large WUSat antenna.