MicroSat Kit, A Satellite Simulation Model for Hands-on Space Education

Project leader's name
Le Xuan Huy
Research hosting institution
Vietnam National Satellite Center
Project duration
2017 - 2018
́Project’s budget
500.000.000 VND
Classify
Fair
Goal and objectives of the project

- To develop a Toolkit and Training Materials for hands-on education on Earth observation microsatellites development in order to enhance Space technology knowledge and skills.
- To apply the project’s product in training young Space technology engineers and students.

Main results

- Scientific results:

  • 03 Publications (01 International Journal, 01 International Conference, 01 Domestic Conference).
  • Patent Application submitted.

- Applicative results:

  • Successfully developed a Satellite Simulation Model.
  • Developed Ground Station software and embedded Flight software.
  • Training Materials are given in forms of Overall, System Introduction, System Integration and Advanced Courses.

Some images of the project:

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Novelty and actuality and scientific meaningfulness of the results
  • Satellite Simulation Model was designed with modularity.
  • Simulation Toolkit focuses on Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing.
  • Satellite Model is able to rotate stably around Z axis (no nutation).
Products of the project

- Scientific papers in referred journals (list):

  1. MicroSat Kit, A Satellite Simulation Model for Hand-on Space Education”, L. X. Huy, P. K. Cuong, N. T. Su, P. A. Minh, N. T. Cong, T. Q. Minh, N. X. Que, L. T. Soat, N. D. C. Minh, T. X. Hung, B. N. Duong, International Journal of Emerging Technology and Advanced Engineering, ISSN 2250–2459 (Online), Volume 8, Issue 11, November 2018.
  2. “Developing a MicroSat Kit for Space Systems Engineering Education”, Nguyen Huu Diep, Nguyen Dinh Chau Minh, Pham Van Phap, Nguyen Tien Su, Cao Xuan Hiep, Pham Anh Minh, Tran Cong Duong, Nguyen Truong Thanh, Hoang The Huynh, Le Xuan Huy, The International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Japan, 2017.
  3. “Development of MicroSat Kit, First Vietnamese Micro-Satellite Toolkit for Space Systems Engineering Hands-on Training”, Le Xuan Huy, etc…, International conference in Vietnam: Space science and Technology, HCM City, Vietnam, 12-15 December, 2017.

- Patents (list):

  • Patent of “Simulation Toolkit of Satellite Operation in Orbit”

- Technological products (described in details: technical characteristics, place):

  • Hardware of MicroSat Kit for satellite development education with friendly function and user interface

- Other products (if applicable):

  • Software: a Virtual Ground Station (VGS) software for control, simulation and data acquisition installed on PC; Flight software embedded in MicroSat Kit hardware.
  • Training Materials in forms of Overall, System Introduction, System Integration and Advanced Courses.
Place of application

- Department of Physics, International University, Vietnam National University HCMC.

Recommendations

During its development, MicroSat Kit has drawn lots of interest and support from Space Education Universities and Training Center, and Groups on small satellites development. In order to make better environment for the commercialisation of the Product, the Project team proposes that Vietnam Academy of

Science and Technology gives means in supporting the following tasks:
- Make MicroSat Kit a commercial product by:

  • Improve the quality, ensure product safety especially in case of operating under control of students or inexperienced people
  • Improve functionalities, allow users to intervene, reprogram the satellite's operation process, following different scenarios, in 2 levels: Virtual Ground Station (VGS) and in-satellite embedded software (flight software)
  • Develop the detailed product user manuals in Vietnamese and English

- Gradually bring the product into the market both inside and outside the country

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