NUTS - NTNU Test Satellite, a Norwegian CubeSat Project

NUTS - NTNU Test Satellite


Project overview
The NTNU Test Satellite (NUTS) project is organized and supported by the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (IET) at NTNU. The aim of this project is to design, build, test and launch a double CubeSat by 2016.

NUTS is part of the Norwegian Student Satellite Program (ANSAT), which is managed by NAROM. For more information on the organizers of NUTS please visit ORGANIZER.

The satellite is developed in a multi-disciplinary project of students from the different departments at NTNU. The project gives these students a unique introduction to the space industry and its technology as well as an invaluable experiences of working as a real life engineer and scientist.

Since 2010 several students have written their project and master thesis on the different sub-systems of the NUTS. For more information and full text of the different assignments please look at the master theses section.

The project is also part of the Experts in Team (EiT) course at NTNU, through the Space Technology group. For more information on the current work carried out by these students, please visit the EiT-section.
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Mission goals

The mission goals of the project can be divided into nine levels, whereas the different goals marks a higher level of success according to the following list:
  1. Deliver a tested satellite according to mission specifications
  2. Transmit a beacon signal receivable for radio amateurs.
  3. Confirm successful de-tumbling
  4. Establish two-way communication and receive full telemetry
  5. Test the payload camera
  6. Test RF intra-satellite bus
  7. Initiate camera pointing
  8. Initiate camera sequence
  9. Receive a valid series of images

Achievements and history of the project

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Future plan towards the launch in 2016
The project students are currently working to finalize a complete engineering model of the satellite. This model must then go through extensive testing prior to launch in 2016. For more information on the latest work and activities in the project you can read our news-page and follow us on Twitter and FACEBOOK.