Our story

CDR approval by ESA Education panel

September 2, 2021

We successfully passed the CDR!
Now we are moving to the next phase of the program which is the constructing phase.

First Component Testing

May 1, 2021

Submission of CDR v.2

January 31, 2021

To be submitted by the 31st of January 2021…

SpaceDot is born

January 15, 2021

With all the support from A.S.A.T, AcubeSAT project forms a new, independent team named SpaceDot. The AcubeSAT project will be continued without disruptions, under SpaceDot, with the support of the ESA’s Education Office and the “Fly Your Satellite! 3” programme.

Participation in CDR Workshop

December 16, 2020

AcubeSAT members participate in the CDR workshop which is held online. During the workshop, ESA experts discuss with the members of each subsystem, while providing advice for changes in the initial version of the CDR and the finalization of the Phase C of the Fly Your Satellite! 3 programme.

Submission of CDR v.1

October 6, 2020

An updated version of the Critical Design Review (CDR) is being submitted to be reviewed by the ESA experts. The AcubeSAT workload is high and members put their efforts to close all design issues that have occurred.

Submission of CDR v.0

September 30, 2020

The initial version of the Critical Design Review (CDR) is being submitted to be reviewed by the ESA experts. Over 1000 pages of CDR documentation are submitted!

Progress for CDR

July 1, 2020

Rapid progress is being made in preparation of the CDR delivery. This includes a brand new unibody/payload container configuration for the experiment, thermal model nearing finalization, a preliminary EMC plan and major progress on the controller used by ADCS.

Final delivery of TS-VCD

April 15, 2020

Amid the global pandemic, our team welcomes new members to multiple subsystems. Work for the project takes place online and results in the finalization of components for our scientific payload and the delivery of the updated AcubeSAT TS-VCD.

Early delivery of TS-VCD

March 16, 2020

Our team, which works remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak, delivers the first draft of the AcubeSAT Technical Specification – Verification Control Document (TS-VCD). This document will be used throughout the upcoming programme phases, to ensure the satellite meets the requirements it has to fulfill.

Team selection!

February 1, 2020

It is official! AcubeSAT is selected to participate in the 3rd edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme of the European Space Agency (ESA), alongside two more teams from Germany and Spain. You can read more about the selected missions and the next steps here.

Selection Workshop

December 1, 2019

Our team participates in the 3rd Fly Your Satellite! selection workshop, hosted in December 2019 in Noordwijk, Netherlands,  as one of the 7 shortlisted teams from across Europe. You can read more about the selection workshop here. Awaiting final results, the team undergoes organizational changes and begins preparations for the subsequent Critical Design Review.

Proposal Submission

October 11, 2019

The team submits the proposal for the participation of AcubeSAT in the 3rd edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme to the European Space Agency. The team also participates in the Open Source CubeSat Workshop 2019, discovering new tools and ideas while further engaging with the open source space community.

Participation in the 84th TIF

September 1, 2019

AcubeSAT participates in the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair, presenting a new static model of the satellite to the public. Budgets for the spacecraft are finalized and failure modes identification for subsystems begins.

 

Call for proposals

July 1, 2019

Call for proposals for the third edition of the Fly Your Satellite! programme opens. Our team begins preparing the proposal and ensuring compliance with the technical specifications.

First Technical Presentation

March 6, 2019

The AcubeSAT project unveils the scientific mission and the updated design in a dedicated 4-hour presentation to the University community and to the general public. The presentation is held in KEDEA and is also livestreamed.

AcubeSAT mission is introduced

October 1, 2018

New leadership takes over the AcubeSAT project, reorganizing the remaining members and dropping the old scientific mission. The new scientific mission is introduced: Using microfluidics chips, we are going to research the effects of microgravity and radiation to eukaryotic cells.

New workspace for the team

January 11, 2018

Our team gets a workspace upgrade: it now operates in the Electronics Laboratory of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of our University.

AcubeSAT is born

July 8, 2017

In the course of time, the idea of constructing the first nanosatellite in Thessaloniki was born, with a further goal to introduce space technology to students. Thus, the AcubeSAT project as part of ASAT is created, with the aspiration to study the nanosatellite and its scientific purposes.