The Secretariat of APSCO organized training session of the 'APSCO Microsatellite Contest' jointly with APSCO-NPU Development Base for Aerospace Talent and School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), co-organized by the "Belt and Road" Aerospace Innovation Alliance (BRAIA), and supported by National Joint Engineering Laboratory for Micro-Satellite Technology and Application (NELM) during October 24 to October 30, 2019 in Xi’an, China.
The training aimed to provide both an overview and a sound technical/academic basis of microsatellite; imparting the trainees with essential space project and microsatellite satellite engineering knowledge; giving them a concept of microsatellite system engineering, mission design of microsatellite, spacecraft attitude and orbit control, spacecraft structure and thermal control, microsatellite electrical power system, and space environment and effects to the Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) component in microsatellite ; making them more proficient in microsatellite technology. Besides those lectures given, this training also provided hands-on trainings in laboratory including control experiment of inverted pendulum system, spacecraft control experiment under microgravity environment, robot control and trajectory planning experiment.
The opening ceremony of the training was held on the morning of Oct 24, 2019 at the Astronautics School of NPU and was attended by the invited guests including Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General of Department of Education and Training of APSCO; Dr. Qin Fei, Vice Dean，School of Astronautics of NPU; Dr. Yuan Yun, Assistant to the Dean of International College of NPU. Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi and Dr. Qin Fei gave welcome speechs in the opening ceremony on behalf of APSCO and NPU, respectively.
A total of 32 participants from APSCO Member States actively participated in the training session. The training was successfully concluded on October 30, 2019. The participants of the training session expressed their satisfaction over the content of the course and arrangement of technical visits. Advises and suggestions from participants were given for improvement of the content, course objectives and teaching quality.