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TwinSat AFRL Nanosat-6 Project

Welcome to the University of Minnesota's University Nanosat-6 Project website. This website is designed to allow the public access to our efforts in the University Nanosat-6 competition.


Critical Design Review:

The Nanosat-6 Team recently completed the NS6 Critical Design Review. Below, a picture from the CDR Event held at the University of Minnesota taken on March 30, 2010. From the right, we have Max Schadegg, Sarah Carns, Steve Haviland, Ian Macmillan, Cole Christenson, Alex Schnedler, Zachary Pope, Christopher Geis, Steven Chang, Prof. Demoz Gebre, and Cole Kazemba.

Nice Job!



Upcoming Events:

SHOTII: Students Hands on Training (SHOT) is a in-depth training seminar conducted by AFRL at the University of Boulder, Colorado, to assist and train the University student participants. SHOTII will be in June, 2010, and will demonstrate the TwinSat Communications System.


Before Nanosat-6, the University of Minnesota designed a satellite for the Nanosat-5 competition, as well as the Nanosat 4 Competition.  The Nanosat-4 satellite, Minnesat, was constructed to do an experiment to determine its attitude using GPS data.  The attitude of a satellite is a very important measurement, which describes the direction that the satellite is pointing.  Very accurate attitude measurements are necessary on satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope, which has to precisely point at faraway objects in order to view them.  Although a GPS attitude determination system may not be accurate enough for the Hubble Space Telescope, it is a cheaper alternative for satellites where an accurate attitude determination system is less critical.  So far, satellites still rely on expensive sensors to determine attitude.  The attitude determination system on Nanosat-4 instead utilizes less expensive, off-the-shelf GPS equipment.  Since most satellites already use GPS for navigation, the equipment needed to determine attitude from GPS is already widely used.

Minnesat placed 5th overall out of 11 universities at the end of the Nanosat-4 competition.  This is an exciting finish because the University of Minnesota was not involved in the Nanosat program prior to Nanosat-4.  We have learned a lot from Nanosat-4 and look forward to applying this knowledge to Nanosat-5.

You can find more information about Nanosat-4 here.


Project Manager: Zachary Pope, popex062 (AT)
Principle Investigator: Prof. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, gebre (AT)

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