The Third Summer Camp of APSCO Student Small Satellite Project was launched in Shanghai

The Third Summer Camp of APSCO Student Small Satellite (SSS) Project organized by APSCO and hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) was officially kicked-off on July 15, 2019 in Shanghai, China. Over 40 participants from APSCO Member States have participated the program. 

The previous two Summer Camps of the SSS Project, which is a satellite constellation under manufacturing by universities from Member States with the guidance of space agencies, were successfully organized by APSCO and achieved fruitful outcomes in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

In 2017, the first SSS summer camp was held in Beijing aiming at making students and faculties from Member States (MSs) of APSCO more familiar with the basic technology of small satellites and establishing the foundation for the project development in the future. In 2018, the second SSS summer camp was held in Ankara with a goal to train participants in space technology and satellite engineering through practical design and testing of satellites helping students to learn the whole cycle of satellite development. 

To extend the fruitful achievement of the last two summer camps, the Third Summer Camp, in Shanghai develops engineering outlook of the students and helps then understand the assembly, integration and testing of satellites and gives them more opportunity for hands-on training. 


On the opening ceremony, the welcome speeches were given by Executive Dean of School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (SAA) of SJTU, Prof. Wu Shufan and Director General of Department of Program Operation and Data Service of APSCO, Mr. Xu Yansong. They welcomed the student and faculty teams and shared the views of their respective institutions and the contributions made to the summer camp and wished all participants a wonderful and fruitful experience.


Director-General of Department of Education and Training of APSCO, Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, made a presentation on the introduction of APSCO and SSS Project to all participants. Associate Dean of SJTU-SAA, Dr. Xingqun Zhan briefly reviewed the history of SJTU and the current space projects and activities.


Following the opening ceremony and the introduction on project schedule, the courses of the first week started in sequence for “Introduction of Virtual Reality and Application in Industry” given by Dr. Ma Yancong from SJTU, “Small Satellite Attitude Dynamics and Control” given by Prof. Chris Damaren from the university of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (Canada), “Experiences and Lessons of TW-1 Cubesat Mission” given by Prof. Wu Shufan;  “Global Navigation Satellite System Principles and Applications” and “GNSS Space Service Volume (SSV) Capacities for Novel Space Missions ”given by Prof. Zhan Xingqun, “Design, Analysis and Test for the Structure and Mechanism of APSCO SSS-1” given by Prof. Huang Hai from Beihang University, “NewSpace and the Role of Small Satellites: A Revolution in the Making” given by Prof. Vaios Lappas from University of Patras (Greece) ; and “APSCO Ground Station Network System and Application ” given by Dr. Wang Xinsheng from Beihang University. 

Particularly on the afternoon of July 15th, the course was conducted at the Student Innovation Center of SJTU, where an interesting introduction of Virtual Reality was presented. Besides the classroom presentation, practical demonstrations were shown to participants, including a head-mounted display integrated with Steam VR and a Computer Automated Virtual Environment.

Besides VR technology, the flight principles and preliminary design rules of basic aircraft were demonstrated in the practical way. Students were divided into groups to assemble a basic free flying electric aircraft and design their own aircraft from foam using simple tools.

Until now, the courses invite famous experts from worldwide and had given detailed information and knowledge of satellite Attitude Dynamics and Control, mechanical and structure analysis, thermal analysis for subsystem design. 


To illustrate the satellite communication applications, ground station network system has been presented not only in training course but also in practical operation at SJTU’s ground station. Firstly in the lecture session, an overview of the Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) system and the ground station network and management software were provided. Then in the visit session at the SJTU ground station, the GNU radio software blocks were discussed in details. 


After studying hard for a week, a technical visit was arranged during the weekend. The delegation of the Third Summer Camp visited the Qian Xuesen Library & Museum, located in SJTU Xuhui campus. Regarded as the father of China’s space program, Qian Xuesen had devoted himself to aerospace science and contributed a lot to the cause of China’s aerospace. During this valuable visiting opportunity, the participants had the chance to know the very detailed information of Qian, as well as the Chinese aerospace industry.


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