BLUEsat UNSW is a student space society, with a mission to give students real-world experience in multi-disciplinary space engineering projects, and promote space technology in Australia.
Founded in 1997, the society began as a single project to develop a low earth orbit satellite. Its original aim was to launch one of the first student satellites in Australia. For more than 20 years this has allowed the society to provide for students interested in developing the Australian Space Industry. However, in recent years the group has expanded to include a broader range of space-related projects including:
- Off-World Robotics – Development of a Mars Rover to compete in international competitions. This team provides members with the full range of robotics experience from low level PCB design and embedded programming to developing the robot’s physical structure and user interface.
- CubeSats – Development of CubeSat systems and missions. In this project we have team members developing a number of CubeSat sub-systems, as well as a team working to develop a scientific payload.
- High Altitude Balloon Project – Development of Stratospheric Balloon Vehicles for high altitude equipment testing and other projects. This multi-displinary team regularly sends payloads to the edge of space, and is currently working on a joint project with NATO and the University of Pisa.
- Groundstation – Management of a nanosatellite groundstation. Team members train in the use of satellite groundstation equipment, actively develop our groundstation capability, and talk to real satellites.
The society is wholly run by students at UNSW Sydney, Australia. Members learn practical technical skills, and cross-disciplinary work practises, whilst also gaining leadership and project management experience.
As well as our engineering teams BLUEsat also has members working on media, events, and finance; and runs outreach activities to promote space engineering and STEM.
Sounds interesting? BLUEsat UNSW is always looking for new members. We accept UNSW Sydney students of all experience levels, and disciplines. All you need is a passion for space, robotics, or engineering, or even just a desire to gain real world experience! If you are interested in getting involved in the society please take a look at the Join page.