Training sessions of the Third Summer Camp continued during the third week. Focused on the ADCS hands-on training, the first three days of the week’s training was provided by Professor Dr. Mehran Mirshams and his team from K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran. On the foundation of the 2nd summer camp, the course this year moved forward the previous achievement, in which the participants integrated and programed on ADCS Micro-Simulator, tested and justified for model attitude control.
All participants were divided into 8 groups by country. Participants not only worked with the model of the ADCS subsystem, but also learned how to implement a developed software in the hardware, how to connect the model to the computer, and how to create a link with a model of the ground station. Most importantly, through the hands-on training, they learned how to detect the direction of a light source using a hand-made light detector and control the orientation of the CubeSat using a reaction wheel to point the camera to the screen. Finally, participants successfully took a picture of their countries shown on the screen among other countries using image processing software. The goal of this ADCS hands-on training exactly aligned with the mission tasks of the APSCO SSS Project. Under guidance of the team leaders, all teams have worked very hard until late night and made a great effort during these three days.
An amazing reward session was organized at Wednesday night, in which the Bangladesh team was selected to win the first prize by all team leaders from the MSs based on the training performance.
On Thursday, lessons learned session was organized to make participants better understand the status of SSS project and learn from joint technical work in multilateral atmosphere. Therefore, they will give out outstanding performance in the future MSs satellite programs. In this regard, three presentations were made by Prof. Huang Hai on SSS-1, Dr. Mu Zhongcheng on SSS-2A and Mr. Burak Yaglioglu on SSS-2B, respectively. They shared the satellite design technology, manufacture procedure, and research experience.
Afterwards, an important discussion session was chaired by Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General of Department of Education and Training of APSCO. He overviewed the milestone of the project, explained the significant meaning of the SSS project, pointed out the strengths and weakness of the management work in the project, and mentioned that this kind of project will be promoted as a sustainable development activity in the future. Participants had passionate discussion in the session. At the end, a questionnaire had been distributed to participant, collecting advises and suggestions for improvement of future activities.
After three weeks of lectures, training, cultural interactions, and international cooperation, the Third Summer Camp of APSCO Student Small Satellite Project came to an end. In the morning of August 2, 2019, the grand Closing Ceremony was held in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).
Each team made a presentation to share their fruitful achievements, as well as the memorable study life during the three weeks. Prof. Mehran Mirshams, representative of lecturers, Ms. Quazi Rushnan Islam, representative of participants, Prof. Wu Shufan, Executive Dean of School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (SAA) of SJTU, and Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General of Department of Education and Training of APSCO made remarks in the closing ceremony, respectively.
Prof. Mehran Mirshams thanked APSCO for establishing this platform, on which he could share the advanced and practical technology to participants. Moreover, he appreciated participants’ hard work with the support of all team leaders.
Ms. Quazi Rushnan Islam mentioned that all participants of the SSS Summer Camp expressed their satisfaction over the content of the course and arrangement of technical and culture visits, and they appreciated APSCO for providing such a wonderful opportunity to participants to make them better understand satellite technology and promote their capacity building in this field.
Prof. Wu Shufan emphasized the importance of the SSS Project and the Summer Camp Activity. He appreciated APSCO for the success of the program. Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi deemed that all three Summer Camps had been a great and complete success and built a strong foundation for the future aerospace development of MSs. He highly complimented the efforts conducted by the participating team leaders, students, lecturers, mentors, and volunteers from all APSCO MSs and SJTU.
At the end of the closing ceremony, the course completion certificates were awarded to the participants. Excellent students were appreciated with special certificates as well.
Excellent Students were:
Ms. Quazi Rushnan Islam (Bangladesh), Mr. Liu Yu (China), Ms. Mahin Mirshams (Iran), Mr. Garid Zorigoo (Mongolia), Mr. Hamid Nawaz (Pakistan), Mr. George Steve Fajardo Soria (Peru), Mr. Chaleampon Photeam (Thailand), Mr. Sahin Ulas Koprucu (Turkey).
Achievement and Significance
The Summer Camp of APSCO SSS Project is an activity organized for 3 consecutive years, which was ideally designed by all project technical management team members from APSCO Member States. This activity concentrated on development of detailed technologies in the micro/nano satellite subsystems, including the EPS, Tracking & Communications, ADCS, Structure & Mechanism, Thermal Control subsystems.
Besides those lectures given by famous professors and experts in the worldwide, summer camps also provided unit/subsystem manufacturing and testing hands-on trainings. As a result, the participants had not only obtained professional knowledge on the test and integration of satellites but also enhanced their technical capability on hands-on practice to design a satellite.
The three summer camps had achieved plentiful and excellent results in promoting the development of aerospace technology and space education system among APSCO Member States and had been an enjoyable and memorable experience to the participants from universities of the Member States. Participants from Member States gained substantial benefits.
APSCO has considered an effort for the benefit of all people on Earth as a long-term objective and is obliged to hold the banner of pursuing excellence in education and research. As such, approaches to Asia-Pacific space integration are no longer limited to follow suit but to beef up cooperation in depth and width. APSCO is committed to common development through vigorous space cooperation and assistance to developing members in capacity building so as to ensure that no party is left behind by the tide of space development. This cooperation is sure to promote the rapid iteration, exploration and progress of the space industry. We have reasons to believe that flagship of Asia-pacific space development will embark on a course of smooth sailing towards common development, prosperity and progress of the Asia-Pacific region.