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  • SEDSAT-2: Designing and Developing a Student PicoSatellite Through International Collaboration

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    Ms. Lavina Parwani, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, The Philippines


    Nyeng Gyang, Nigeria


    Tiffany Frierson, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, United States


    Sigve Haugsnes, University of Wales, United Kingdom


    David Krejci Krejci, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Austria


    Mr. Juan Carlos Gomez Pallares, Spain


    Mr. Pradeep Mohandas, India


    Mr. Michael Jensen, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Canada


    Mr. Tom Nordheim, Norway


    Mr. Florian Schirg, Austria



    SEDSAT-2 is a picosatellite, under the CubeSat program, that will be designed and built by Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) through international collaboration. The design team includes students in Austria, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. The proposed launch of SEDSAT-2 is in 2009. The primary payload of SEDSAT-2 will be a digital imaging device for remote sensing in the visible spectrum. The secondary payload will be decided on the basis of applications received from student-members. The primary mission objective, however, goes beyond the payload; it is to provide students with experience in satellite development wherein subsystems are designed and developed by geographically separated teams and later integrated into a functioning system. Among the main challenges of this project is coordinating globally distributed participants. The SEDSAT-2 Preliminary Design Review, one of the few times that the participants meet outside the virtual world, will be held at the Vellore Institute of Technology in Vellore, India, on 22 September 2007, in conjunction with the SEDS International Conference. Meetings such as these are carefully planned and coincide with critical milestones in the project's lifetime. In the meantime, new as well as existing technologies and tools will be used to maximize the coordination between our globally distributed team. These tools include, but are not limited to, a blog, a Wiki and a decision-making and planning site called ProtoForge.org. In this paper will be laid out all the rules and procedures that will have been developed and adopted throughout the project with regards to project management and coordination, and technical communication between teams. It will also include detailed technical descriptions and diagrams of the satellite and each of its subsystems and components, along with discussions of alternative technologies and systems and trade studies for choosing specific designs.
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    IAC-07-E1.1.06.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

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