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

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

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Launching no earlier than

Q1 2022

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About

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.

Payload

ECAT

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.

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Payload

CAM

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

    Operation

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sept
  • Jan
  • May
  • Sept
  • Jan
  • May
  • Sept
  • Jan
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
PROGRESS

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 softwarre 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

Matis Rittatore Texeira

Jimmy Gustavsson

Linn Friis-Liby

SysEngineering Team

Meet the System Engineers

Jimmy Gustavsson

Måns Arildsson

Edvin Lindkvist

Science Team

Meet the Science team

Linn Friis-Liby (h)

Sorcha Mac Manamon

Richard Johansson

Software Team

Meet our Software Team

Jimmy Gustavsson (h)

Måns Arildsson

Edvin Lindkvist

Mirko Viviano

Communications Team

Meet the Communication Team

Martin Elfvelin (h)

Árni Þór Þorgeirsson

Gabriel Sánchez

Tamina Lund

Gabriel Hillertz

Mrunmayee Maheshkumar Sonna

Mechanical Team

Meet the Mechanical Team

Kyle Mayer (h)

Matias Rittatore Texeira

Jonas Hoffmeister

Carmen Fuentes Soria

Naimish Jagani

Antonia Grethen-Bußmann

Electronics Design Team

Meet the Electronics Design Team

Carlos Sarille Cadenas (h)

Carmen Fuentes Soria

Johannes Jensen

Mrunmayee Maheshkumar Sonna

ADCS Team

Meet the ADCS Team

Fadel Chams (h)

Jonas Hoffmeister

Vincent Pujau

Catalin-Daniel Neagu

Tim Magnusson

Casper Liavåg

Power Team

Meet the Power Team

Akash Raja Meghavath (h)