NUTS - NTNU Test Satellite, a Norwegian CubeSat Project

NUTS balloon campaign at Andøya Rocket Range - Day 1

Written by: Frida Vestnes
Published: 01.04.14

Part of the NUTS team is this week gathered at the Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) to launch a scientific balloon. The purpose of this is to test the satellite communication system. We have been working day and night in oder to get the radio system up and running. The team is very excited and looking forward to get good results during the launch on Wednesday.

The NUTS communication system will be launched along with a  standard meterological PTU sonde which measures pressure, temperature, humidity. The system will also be sending GPS coordinates to the ground station at Andøya enabling the NUTS team to track the balloon. Once the ground station establishes contact with the radiosonde and the NUTS communication system, it will be switched to data transmission mode. This mode will then enable the ground station to receive a picture of the NUTS logo. This is done in order to test if the communication system is able to handle the main aim of the payload section: to take pictures of the atmosphere. Representing the primary scientific goal of the NUTS satellite.

During our first day the team faced a couple of issues. However, fueled by chocolate, potato chips and energy drinks the team is unstoppable and eager to get an operational communication system finalized by Wednesday.