space engineering

July 2018 Monthly Update

BLUEsat's Numbat rover with PCB lights
It had been a fantastically busy month at BLUEsat, with conferences, orientation days, new members and great progress in all our teams! Among other things, the NUMBAT Rover is almost ready to compete in the European Rover Challenge (ERC), the Groundstation team has made progress on a transceiver for the SDR, and new battery...

Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 3

UNSW Delegates at the Aerospace futures conference
This is the finale to the exciting trilogy of days at the Aerospace Futures Conference in Canberra. Day 1 has been posted here and day 2 has been posted here. It is the final day, and yet, the Aerospace Conference could not help but pack in a day of endless presentations, Globemaster flypasts and a...

Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 2

In case you missed it, check out yesterday's update on day 1 of the Aerospace Futures Conference! Today was another fantastic conference day, with demonstrations and workshops from some of Australia's best and brightest. The day kicked off with a showcase of some of UNSW Canberra's space achievements such as the Buccaneer CubeSat and their...

Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 1

Suited up in the Parliament House before the Aerospace futures conference
Aerospace Futures 2018 Excited! That’s exactly how I felt hopping onto the bus yesterday for the Aerospace Futures Conference. We had a wonderful bus ride down to Canberra chatting with the new friends we made as well as watching Tom working on CAD for the rover for the majority of the trip. Having been working...

June 2018 Monthly Update

Connector board array on the NUMBAT rover
It has been another busy month at BLUEsat. Progress has been made with the NUMBAT rover in our Off-World Robotics Team, with work on connector boards, PCBs, the suspension system and a variety of new software features. The old BLUEtongue rover has been fixed and ready for use in rover driving sessions. The Satellite...

May 2018 Monthly Update

Prototype CubeSat ADC consisting of three levels of PCBS with metal wheels inbetween for the ADCs
This has been an eventful month for BLUEsat UNSW, with our previous President and Secretary, Helena Kertesz and Harry J.E Day,  stepping down from their executive positions at BLUEsat. The EGM welcomed Raghav Hariharan as the new President, Anita Smirnov as the new Secretary and Bohan Deng as the new Arc Delegate. Rover From the Rover...

Catching Up with GreenSat

Ben Koschnick accepting the prize for "Most Inovative" on stage at the UNSW Engineering Society Pitch Fair.
Recently, GreenSat was offered the opportunity to pitch our project at the project and pitch fair 2018, where we won Most Innovative pitch. This is just one of the many events that have happened at GreenSat in the last 12 months. This week, we will go through everything that has happened including the IAC,...

Remote Rope Burning

BLUEsat's High-Altitude Balloon is equipped with a remote separation mechanism. Its function is to detach the payload from the balloon when we want, which gives us better control of the balloon. In the case of problems during the launch (e.g. unexpected changes in weather conditions), the ability to force the payload to separate gives us...