UPMSat-2 Micro-satellite: In-orbit technological demonstration for education and science

Roibás-Millán, Elena and Pérez Álvarez, Javier and Pindado Carrion, Santiago and Cubas Cano, Javier and Sanz Andres, Angel Pedro and Franchini Longhi, Sebastian and Pérez-Grande, Isabel and Alonso, Gustavo and García Pérez, Andrés and Chimeno Manguan, Marcos and Torralbo, Ignacio and Zamorano, Juan and Puente Alfaro, Juan Antonio de la and Garrido, Jorge and Alonso, Alejandro and Gómez San Juan, Alejandro Manuel and Piqueras, Javier and Peinado Pérez, Lilian and González Llana, Arturo and Álvarez Romero, José Miguel and Bermejo, Juan (2021). UPMSat-2 Micro-satellite: In-orbit technological demonstration for education and science. In: "35th Annual Small Satellite Conference", 7-12 Agosto 2021, Logan (Utah, EEUU). p. 5.


Title: UPMSat-2 Micro-satellite: In-orbit technological demonstration for education and science
  • Roibás-Millán, Elena
  • Pérez Álvarez, Javier
  • Pindado Carrion, Santiago
  • Cubas Cano, Javier
  • Sanz Andres, Angel Pedro
  • Franchini Longhi, Sebastian
  • Pérez-Grande, Isabel
  • Alonso, Gustavo
  • García Pérez, Andrés
  • Chimeno Manguan, Marcos
  • Torralbo, Ignacio
  • Zamorano, Juan
  • Puente Alfaro, Juan Antonio de la
  • Garrido, Jorge
  • Alonso, Alejandro
  • Gómez San Juan, Alejandro Manuel
  • Piqueras, Javier
  • Peinado Pérez, Lilian
  • González Llana, Arturo
  • Álvarez Romero, José Miguel
  • Bermejo, Juan
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 35th Annual Small Satellite Conference
Event Dates: 7-12 Agosto 2021
Event Location: Logan (Utah, EEUU)
Title of Book: Small Satellite Conference 2021 - Mission Operations & Autonomy
Date: August 2021
Faculty: Instituto de Microgravedad Ignacio Da Riva (UPM)
Department: Sistemas Aeroespaciales, Transporte Aéreo y Aeropuertos
UPM's Research Group: Desarrollo y Ensayos Aeroespaciales DEA
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The UPMSat-2 micro-satellite was launched on September the 3rd 2020 at 01:51:10 UTC from Kourou spaceport in French Guyana. The VV16 Vega Flight has been the first low Earth orbit rideshare commercial flight with a total of 53 satellites (7 of them micro-satellites) to be released by the launch vehicle, arranged in the modular SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) dispenser. UPMSat-2 is an educational, scientific and in-orbit technological demonstration microsatellite project led by the IDR/UPM research institute from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. This mission can be considered as a logical extension of the IDR/UPM Institute activities focused on designing small satellites to be used as educational platforms of first level. Thereby, UPMSat-2 (as well as its precursor, the UPMSat-1) has the main objective to give students the competences for designing, analyzing, manufacturing, integrating, testing and operating the platform. UPMSat-2 also includes a set of scientific payloads and equipment to be tested in space, provided by research institutions and private companies. The UPMSat-2 is a 50 kg-class microsatellite developed for a 2-year LEO mission with a geometrical envelope of 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.6 m. Since launch, the satellite is orbiting the Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit of 500 km of altitude, passing over the IDR/UPM ground station four times a day. The satellite operation is being carried out by students and professors of the Master in Space Systems (MUSE), an official Master’s program of UPM organized by IDR/UPM. This work describes the most relevant characteristics of UPMSat-2, its payloads, technological contributions, and the main activities performed up to the launch, including participation in the launch campaign in French Guyana. The lessons learned during the mission are also summarized. Finally, the importance and benefits of incorporating actual space systems design and development within academic programs is also emphasized, as it improves these programs with constant and direct feedback.

Funding Projects

Madrid Regional GovernmentY2020/NMT-6427OAPES-CMSanz Andres, Angel (coor.) ; Alonso Muñoz, Alejandro (responsable)Operación Avanzada de Pequeños Satélites

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Item ID: 68540
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/68540/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:68540
Official URL: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/smallsat/2021/all2021/247/
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 13 Sep 2021 09:58
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2022 19:09
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