The CNT team – the TUM National Space Technologies Center was selected by the JAXA(宇宙航空研究開発機構) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for the fourth round of the KiboCUBE Program for the launch of the TUMnanoSAT nanosatellite from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020, with the help of the japanese experimental KiboCUBE module.
KiboCUBE is a collaboration between UNOOSA and JAXA, dedicated to the use of ISS KiboLancer for the launch of CubeSat nanosatellites. KiboCUBE aims to provide the members of the United Nations Organization members – educational or research institutions, with the opportunity to launch CubeSat satellites from ISS KiboCUBE, developed for educational and research purposes.
The National Space Technologies Center of TUM projected the family of TUMnanoSAT’s nanosatellites, according to the international CubeSat standard. The mission of these nanosatellites is to verify the functionality of the various satellite modules and subsystems.
In the current year, CNTS participated in the fourth round of the KiboCUBE Program with the nanosatellite project from the “TUMnanoSAT” family, including the following basic missions:
– studying the functionality and behavior of sensors based on nano and micro-wires in space conditions;
– testing subsystem sensors to determine satellite attitude (magnetometers, micro-gyroscopes, solar sensors) to optimize attitude control algorithms.
– the development of an efficient “satellite-terrestrial station” communication subsystem;
– testing of the solar energy system to obtain the optimal modes of distribution of the accumulated energy;
– testing the reliability of electronic components under the conditions of space radiation.
This project includes the launch of the first satellite of the Republic of Moldova under the KiboCUBE program under the auspices of UNOOSA and JAXA. It has a major impact on the improvement of the quality of engineering studies based on modern space technologies, attracting young students to develop and strengthen scientific research in space exploration.Also, it supports the integration of the Republic of Moldova into the community of countries which develop space technologies.