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.

    The BLUEsat High Altitude Balloon team inflating a stratospheric balloon on the back of a ute.
      High Altitude Balloon
      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.
      BLUEsat Ground station antennas at sunset on the roof of the UNSW Electrical Engineering Building at Sunset

        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.

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

          Development of a CubeSat with a UV telescope as the payload. Members are divided amongst five sub-system teams, including ADCS, Power, Payload, On-Board Computing and Communications. The project goal is to send the CubeSat into low earth orbit. The team is aiming for a December 2022 launch.

          BLUEsat's first iteration drone on a test flight inside the electrical engineering building at UNSW.

            Development of small autonomous vehicles capable of traversing through air and water based environments On and Off-World. Currently developing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to compete in the Singapore AUV Challenge.

            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 us page here

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