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:

BLUEsat's NUMBAT Rover completing the retrieval task
    Off-World Robotics

    Development of Mars Rover to compete in international robotics competitions. This team provides UNSW students with a full range of robotics experience from low level PCB design and embedded programming to developing the robot's physical structure and user interface.

    Prototype CubeSat ADC consisting of three levels of PCBS with metal wheels inbetween for the ADCs
      CubeSats

      Development of CubeSat systems and missions. In this project we have team members developing a number of CubeSat sub-systems. We also have a team working to develop a scientific payload involving space agriculture.

      The BLUEsat High Altitude Balloon team inflating a stratospheric balloon on the back of a ute.
        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.

          Our Latest Blogs

          November 2018 Monthly Update

          lots of people in a room running workshops
          Rover From the Rover CTO The Off World Robotics teams have made steady progress over the past month with members coming back after exams. The rover team has continued development and new member training, while the drone team has finalised their initial plans for developing autonomous features relevant to off earth drone use. Bohan Deng, Rover CTO From the Software Team The Off World Robotics Software team has had a quiet month, with people finishing up exams and many of the members taking, or preparing to take, trips and holidays. Work wise, people have been settling into their new teams as were decided on...

          Engineering Design Guide (Science Module) Part 1

          CAD drawing of science module box
          This blog is going to introduce you to engineering design by providing a step-by-step guide, using the rover science module as an example. I (Nora) will walk you through the functional requirements (FR), brainstorming with morph chart, design parameter (DP) selection and visualisation.  My group-mate Jessica will explain the electrical component of the science module, this includes the printed circuit board (PCB) which connects all the power systems, main computer and module sensors. Introduction of the science module The science module is the segment that collects soil samples and conducts scientific monitoring under air-tight conditions. For the European Rover Challenge (ERC), we...

          Detumbling and the B-Dot Algorithm

          A magnetorquer showing the copper coils.
          Detumbling? Detumbling is essential to every satellite and is the first thing that one has to do after the launch. When the satellite is launched, it spins wildly in space due to the forces exerted on it when it’s released from the rocker. Detumbling is the process of stopping the satellite from spinning so it is ready to do what it was sent out for. Detumbling is particularly important for satellites that take photos or transmit signals, but is included in all satellite systems. The B-Dot Algorithm? The B-Dot algorithm is one of the most common methods of detumbling in CubeSats, because...