The Third APSCO Student Small Satellite (SSS) Project Summer Camp has been on-going for a week, and so far, it has been a great success in both enhancing the knowledge and strengthening international cooperation in space education among the Member States of APSCO. The 2nd week has concentrated mainly on the assembly, integration and the test of an educational cubesat.
Aiming at understanding the cubesat deeply and practicing the AIT procedures, all the participants have been divided into four groups to accomplish the hands-on training as following:1. Bangladesh and Iran;2. China and Mongolia;3. Peru and Thailand;4. Pakistan and Turkey.
Monday–22nd July, 2019; This day was divided into two sections. In the beginning, Professor Chen Danhe Introduced basic concepts about CubeSats. Afterward, she focused on structure and assembly subsystem of a 1U educational cubesat. Afterwards, participants successfully assembled the CubeSat and its shelf. The final task of this day was to check the operation of the CubeSat and it is shown the CubeSat worked truly.
Tuesday–23rd July, 2019; This day was one of the busy days of summer camp. In the morning, Dr. Xu Qian presented an Introduction about Electronic Power System (EPS). Afterward, participants did some tests about EPS.
In the afternoon sessions, Prof. Klaus Schilling had two presentation about the ESA interplanetary missions ROSETA for comet and HUYGENS for Saturnian moon Titan exploration and small satellite formation for innovative earth observation.
Wednesday–24th July, 2019; Like Tuesday, this day was one of busy days of the summer camp. Participants had four different lectures this day. In the morning, Dr. Xu Qian presented an Introduction about communication. Afterward, participants did some tests about communication of 1U educational cubesat.
In the afternoon session, Prof. Massimiliano Vasile had two presentation about Asteroids and Space Debris. First lecture was about the asteroid deflection missions with discussions of basic principles, deflection methods and applications. In the second lecture, the topic was space debris.
Thursday–25th July, 2019; The lectures of this day totally were about ADCS subsystem. These lectures were presented by Dr. Lu Zhengliang.
Friday – 26th July, 2019; This day was about On-Board Computer (OBC) lectures. In the morning Dr. Chen Xin started his lectures by introducing OBC subsystem. In the second session of morning, participants programmed and tested the satellite. In the afternoon session, Dr. Chen explained basic concepts of I2C communication protocol and afterward, participants done all of the OBC test.
For further understanding of Satellite AIT, the cubesat hands-on training includes system design introduction, operation of cubesat, assembly subsystem, electrical power subsystem, communication subsystem, attitude determination and control subsystem, on-board computer, and testing of cubesats. Participants have got satisfying achievement as they expressed below:
“We learned to assemble and disassemble the 1U CubeSat and test the function of many subsystems of it, such as EPS Subsystem, Communication Subsystem, ADCS Subsystem, OBC Subsystem. The tutors taught us to do the AIT step by step and we all had a good understanding of the courses and understood the CubeSat more deeply.”
“The third summer camp of APSCO SSS project was a brilliant experience of both theoretical knowledge and practical training. Iran team got familiar with the motivations of space missions and the invaluable missions all over the world, and the visions for tomorrow and where APSCO aims to stand with its Member States.”
“Being the participants of APSCO’s summer camp on SSS project, it was an amazing and awesome opportunity for us and also for the students of other countries like Bangladesh, China, Iran, Peru, Mongolia, Thailand and Turkey. Moreover, our instructors not only focused on our theoretical knowledge and but also helped us in getting practical knowledge by giving us assignments to get hands-on experience on cube-sats.”
“In the practical parts, based on the 1U Educational CubeSat, NJUST team provided hands-on training on the hardware and software of the subsystems of structure, EPS, communication, ADCS, and OBC in addition to AIT process. Moreover, world-known space experts Klaus Schilling and Massimiliano Vasile gave a series of lectures.”
The second week witnessed the development of a productive academic atmosphere and healthy friendships among the participating delegates from Member States. APSCO is very pleased to see such a development, and it is the solid proof that APSCO is taking the right approach to the international multilateral space education field by holding the SSS Summer Camp.
As a mission to strengthen friendships and understanding among the participants, on August 27th, 2019, APSCO held a cultural visit to the Zhujiajiao Water Town. This cultural visit would help students relax from their heavy workloads and develop more cultural exchange among the APSCO Member States, thus strengthening the friendships and cooperation.
Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao Water Town is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.
The participating delegates to the summer camp also expressed their great interests in visiting it. The visit went very smoothly, and all the participants enjoyed a memorable experience with their friends, and learned about the history and culture of China.