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Antenna Deployment Mechanism Environmental Testing

December 5, 2022

The team visits the CubeSat Support Facility of ESA in Belgium, to conduct the first environmental testing campaign. More specifically, the satellite’s antenna deployment mechanism successfully undergoes vibration tests simulating the mechanical stresses during launch and thermal chamber vacuum tests simulating in-orbit conditions.

Participation in Phase D Workshop

October 18, 2021

AcubeSAT members participate in the “Fly Your Satellite!” Phase D Workshop. During the workshop, ESA experts prepare the teams for the next phase of the programme, which includes the verification and testing of the satellite.

Critical Design Review approval by ESA Education panel

September 2, 2021

Our team successfully passes the Critical Design Review!
After multiple design iterations, the project enters the Phase D of the “Fly Your Satellite! 3” programme, starting with the testing of AcubeSAT’s in-house components.

First Component Testing

May 1, 2021

Submission of Critical Design Review v.2

January 31, 2021

The team submits the final version of the Critical Design Review addressing the remaining actions and is waiting for the ESA panel’s response.

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 continues without disruptions, under SpaceDot, with the support of the ESA’s Education Office and the “Fly Your Satellite! 3” programme.

Participation in Critical Design Review Workshop

December 16, 2020

AcubeSAT members participate in the Critical Design Review workshop (CDR) 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 Critical Design Review 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 identified by the experts.

Submission of Critical Design Review 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 providing the detailed design, justification and procedures for the construction of the satellite are submitted!

Progress for AcubeSAT’s Critical Design Review

July 1, 2020

Rapid progress is being made in preparation of the Critical Design Review delivery. This includes a brand new unibody/payload container configuration for the experiment, thermal model nearing finalization, a preliminary electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) plan and major progress on the controller used by the Attitude Determination & Control Subsystem.

Final delivery of AcubeSAT’s requirements

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 Technical Specification – Verification Control Document (TS-VCD).

Early delivery of AcubeSAT’s requirements

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 includes the satellite’s requirements and is being used throughout the next programme phases, to keep track and assist the requirement verification.

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.

“Fly Your Satellite!” 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.

“Fly Your Satellite!” 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.

Call for proposals

July 1, 2019

Call for proposals for the third edition of the “Fly Your Satellite!” European Space Agency (ESA) 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 the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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.