The UPMQube: an academic/educational PocketQube proposal for the EU2Space Challenge

Roibás-Millán, Elena and Álvarez Romero, José Miguel and Marín-Coca, Sergio and Porras-Hermoso, Ángel and Pérez Álvarez, Javier and Cubas Cano, Javier and Pindado Carrion, Santiago (2022). The UPMQube: an academic/educational PocketQube proposal for the EU2Space Challenge. In: "7th Annual International Conference on Engineering Education & Teaching", 30 mayo 2022 - 2 junio 2022, Atenas.

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Title: The UPMQube: an academic/educational PocketQube proposal for the EU2Space Challenge
Author/s:
  • Roibás-Millán, Elena
  • Álvarez Romero, José Miguel
  • Marín-Coca, Sergio
  • Porras-Hermoso, Ángel
  • Pérez Álvarez, Javier
  • Cubas Cano, Javier
  • Pindado Carrion, Santiago
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 7th Annual International Conference on Engineering Education & Teaching
Event Dates: 30 mayo 2022 - 2 junio 2022
Event Location: Atenas
Title of Book: ATINER’s Conference Paper Proceedings Series
Date: June 2022
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: UPMQube; PocketQube; MUSE; magnetic ADCS; space engineering challenge
Faculty: Instituto de Microgravedad Ignacio Da Riva (UPM)
Department: Sistemas Aeroespaciales, Transporte Aéreo y Aeropuertos
UPM's Research Group: Desarrollo y Ensayos Aeroespaciales DEA. / INNAERO (educational INNovation group in AEROspace engineering)
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

In the present paper, the UPMQube PocketQube proposal for the EU2Space challenge is described. This proposal has been developed by a group of master’s degree students led by h.D. students and professors from the Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad “Ignacio Da Riva” (IDR/UPM) at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). PocketQube is a recent new picosatellite concept, which is currently under development. Its reduced size and mass require a significant effort to reduce the characteristic size of the elementary subsystems. One of the subsystems that offers the greatest capacity for improvement is the Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem (ADCS), since most PocketQubes do not usually have one due to lack of space. The most relevant technical aspect of this proposal is the development of a new ADCS which fits the high restrictive size and mass requirements, and it is based on Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. This ADCS is composed by: (i) a purely Autonomous Magnetic Controller (AMC) based on magnetorquers and magnetometers on board the spacecraft (S/C platform; (ii) an Attitude Determination System (ADS) based on solar sensors and thermal sensors on board the S/C and an On Ground Attitude Determination Algorithm (for post processing the sensorsflight data. The work carried out by Master s degree students is integrated within the academic program of the UPM’s Master in Space Systems as a Case of Study. It also provides an excellent training program for the Ph.D. Assistant Professors included in the proposals Team. The tasks assignments and responsibilities of all members of the Team are fully described in the paper. Additionally, it should be underlined that this proposal is quite well balanced in terms of gender, as 40% of the Team (including the Principal Investigator) are women. This figure is higher than the mean percentage of women present in STEAM Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers (29% of the workforce, 19% of company board members, 3% industry CEOs).

Funding Projects

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

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Item ID: 70677
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/70677/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:70677
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 21 Jun 2022 17:55
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 09:00
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