Engineering model and ground station equipment

We have good news! After recently finishing up phase B, the preliminary design phase, we have ordered the first components for APTAS!

The components ordered are the most critical ones: a motherboard, an onboard computer and a transceiver for the engineering model, the first model out of three until we have the final satellite in our hands. The other two models are the qualification model and the flight model, which will consist of all the components.

From before we also have manufactured two antennas that are going to be used to test the communication equipment of the satellite. These have been manufactured by ourselves and are two little quarter-wavelength monopole horizontal groundplane antennas. Here you can see the metal part of the centerpiece being manufactured and how it looks nearly being finished.