USTH to organize IGOSat seminar on April 14

Monday - 11/04/2016 16:30

"IGOSat (Ionospheric and Gamma-ray Observations Satellite), an educational CubeSat project with scientific return through technology demonstration" is the title of the seminar due to be held at USTH at 17:00 pm April 14, 2016. The seminar, to be presented by M.Eng. Marco Agnan, Project Manager, from LabEx UnivEarths, Université Paris Diderot (France), will focus on IGOSat (Ionospheric and Gamma-ray Observations SATellite), which is the first educational 3U CubeSat developed at the Paris Diderot University, with the local support of 2 laboratories: APC (AstroParticule & Cosmologie) and IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris). Due to the associated low cost and high educational return, a lot of universities are interested in beginning a CubeSat project to promote space activities to students. The CNES (French Space Agency) created the JANUS program to supervise those projects in France, with more than 10 CubeSat projects being developed in different Universities, Schools and laboratories. This nanosatellite will orbit the Earth on an circular, quasi-polar orbit at about 650km, and will carry two scientific payloads currently developed within the APC and IPGP laboratories: - a state-of-the-art high-energy particles scintillator (LaBr3 with a Silicon Photo Multiplier) for detecting gamma rays and electrons above the poles and the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). This payload uses the XGRE/TARANIS instrument (currently developed at APC) as a baseline. - a Dual-frequency GPS receiver to observe the TEC (Total Electronic Content) of the Ionosphere through GPS occultation, by measuring the phase shifts of the L1 and L2 GPS carrier frequencies. The main objective of IGOSat is to give the students from Paris Universities (and beyond) hands-on experience of a real satellite project while doing technology demonstration, within a scientific mission profile. With the help of about 10 scientists and engineers from APC and IPGP laboratories to supervise the project, more than 150 students have already been working on IGOSat. The students work packages are oriented on the sizing, design (or trade study) of the different sub-systems, and now on the conception and test of the first prototypes. The work done on IGOSat will also be adapted for future training or class support as it remains simple (but realistic) space engineering. Currently in phase B, the project is scheduled to enter phase C in June 2016, and to be ready for launch in 2018. Paris Diderot University has a strong partnership with USTH, and the IGOSat project is welcoming USTH bachelor students for internships, as well as PhD students for short and long periods. At launch, the project will be the gathered work of more than 300 students. Relevant web links: IGOSat URL: IPGP URL: APC URL: Paris Diderot URL: CNES URL: JANUS URL: