This is Project A.P.T.A.S.

The Arctic CubeSat - a project designed and built by space engineering students in Northern Sweden.

Launching no earlier than

Q2 2022


What is A.P.T.A.S.?

APTAS - Atmospheric Polar Transmission Alignment Satellite - is the first student CubeSat developed at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. The goal is to design, build, test and operate a 1 U CubeSat for scientific and educational purposes whilst paving the way for future generations of students who want to develop their own CubeSats.



A RF transmitter to be used for calibration of the planned EISCAT 3D research project, a new phased-array antenna system located in northern Sweden, Norway and Finland.



A nadir pointing camera working in the visible range, looking to provide images of Earth’s surface to be used in research on glaciers and local albedo.

  • Phase 0

    Mission Analysis

  • Phase A

    Feasibility Study

  • Phase B

    Preliminary Design

  • Phase C

    Detailed Design

  • Phase D

    Production and qualification

  • Phase E


  • Jan
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  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022

Electronics 11 May 2021

In Electronics Design we are assembling and testing the ECAT, Umbilical and Step-up qualification boards in order to proceed to the integration process.

Communications 11 May 2021

We are developing the radio link between the satellite and the ground station. The team is working on the software that will enable transmission of telecommands as well as the hardware that will control switching between equipment to receive and trasmit.

POWER 11 May 2021

We are testing out the Electrical Power Supply and solar panels for the CubeSat. To make sure EPS distributes the power needed for all other power consuming subsystems and operates safely in all modes. And validating the necessary power is being delived to EPS from the solar panels.

OBDH 11 May 2021

We are writing software for the on-board computer, drivers for external components and performing tests.

Science 11 May 2021

We are developing some really cool image processing frameworks for scientific rersearch to be used on the images from the optical payload.

Mechanical 11 May 2021

We are ensuring that A.P.T.A.S. is qualified for launch. This includes running mechanical load tests, thermal tests and out-gassing testing.

ADCS 11 May 2021

We are finalising the Kalman Filter for the attitude determination and simulate it to figure out the attitude error throughout the mission. We are also working on LQR controller for the Nadir pointing process.

Management Team

Meet the Management Team

Kyle Mayer

Juho Piiroinen

Science Team

Meet the Science Team

Lasse Blana

Software Team

Meet the Software Team

Lasse Blana

Communications Team

Meet the Communications Team

Antoni Eritja Olivella

C. David Echeverry Valencia

Gabriel Hillertz

Robin Drevet

Mechanical Team

Meet the Mechanical Team

Kyle Mayer

Dajana Posavcic

Iqbal Grewal

Gabrielle Witt

Electronics Design Team

Meet the Electronics Design Team

Mrunmayee Sonna


Meet the ADCS Team

Íñigo de Loyola Chacartegui Rojo

Catalin-Daniel Neagu

Casper Liavåg


Meet the Alumni

Vidhan Vohra

Akash Raja Meghavath

Sorcha Mac Manamon

Jonas Hoffmeister

Gabriel Sánchez

Caio Sempronio

Tamina Lund

Carlos Sarille Cadenas

Richard Johansson

Johannes Jensen

Árni Þór Þorgeirsson

Måns Arildsson

Tim Magnusson

Martin Elfvelin

Jimmy Gustavsson

Mirko Viviano

Matias Rittatore Texeira

Carmen Fuentes Soria

Naimish Jagani

Antonia Grethen-Bußmann

Fadel Chams

Linn Friis-Liby

Vincent Pujau

Edvin Lindkvist