BLUEsat is the proud work of several generations of UNSW Sydney undergraduates from a massive range of degrees. To give due credit to all these talented people would be impossible so we would like to extend our collected gratitude to those who have made BLUEsat what it is today. Thank you all!
The current team consists of roughly fifty students from a range of engineering and none-engineering degrees, from all of the different years, working on a number of different space projects including our mars rover, satellite systems, high-altitude ballooning, mission science and ground-station. We also have an active operations, media, and outreach team.
The Current BLUEsat UNSW Executive Team
Raghav Hariharan is currently in his second year studying Mechatronics combined with Computer Science. He was previously the Arc Delegate until he was elected for the role of president in May of 2018. He is extremely curious about the wonders and mysteries of space and is determined to share his passion and provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop their professional and academic skills whilst studying.
Anita Smirnov is in her third year of a Mechatronic Engineering degree at UNSW, interested in combining her passions for robotics and art. Before her role as secretary, she was working on the software team for the 'NUMBAT' rover as well as helping manage BLUEsat's social media.
Timothy Guo is a Telecommunications and Commerce undergraduate at UNSW Sydney. He has previously lead BLUEsat's groundstation squad, leading a team of engineers to provide communications to UNSW's satellite, the EC0. He now endeavours to lead BLUESat's satellite tribe towards even greater plans.
Steven Watts is a second year Physics and Aerospace Engineering Student at UNSW. In addition to his Arc Delegate responsibilities Steven is also involved in the Rover Project and is passionate about everything BLUEsat works on. He is excited for the future of the space industry in Australia and wants to be involved in it in any way he can.
Dr Elias Aboutanios is an Associate Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He received his BE in Electrical Engineering from UNSW Australia in 1997 and his PhD from UTS in 2002. A/Prof. Aboutanios currently conducts research in signal detection and parameter estimation and in array signal processing. He has established and led the UNSW-EC0 project and has played a strong role in the reform of the Australian Space Activities Act. A/Prof. Aboutanios has been BLUEsat’s academic mentor since 2007 and has been instrumental in the strong growth of the group, which now boasts more than 65 members. He has overseen the merger of the off-world robotics team with BLUEsat, the completion of the original Microsatellite, and the establishment of BLUEsat’s UNSW Stratsopheric Balloon and drone teams.
BLUEsat Teams Over the Years
Its impossible for us to list all the amazing people who have been members of BLUEsat UNSW throughout the years, but here at least are the exec from the past few years.
|Year||President||Secretary||Treasurer||ARC Delegate||CTO – Satellites||CTO – Rover|
|2018 s2 (start)||Raghav Hariharan||Anita Smirnov||Yasmin Akhtar||Bohan Deng||Timothy Guo||Thomas Renneberg|
|2018 s1||Helena Kertesz||Harry J.E Day||Yasmin Akhtar||Raghav Hariharan||Timothy Guo||Thomas Renneberg|
|2017 s2||Helena Kertesz||Harry J.E Day||Yasmin Akhtar||Raghav Hariharan||Taofiq Huq||Nuno Das Neves|
|Year||President||CTO – Satellites||CTO – Rover||COO|
|2017 s1||Helena Kertesz||Taofiq Huq||Nuno Das Neves||Kawai Leung|
|2016 s2||Tom Dixon||Samantha Wardhaugh||Helena Kertesz||Denis Wang|
|2016 s1||Tom Dixon||Mark Yeo||Helena Kertesz||Denis Wang|
|2015||Stuart Bartlett / Tom Dixon||Mark Yeo||Christopher Miller||Denis Wang|
|2014||Thien Nguyen||Tom Dixon||Steph McArthur / Yilser Kabran||Alice Kang|
|2013||Thien Nguyen||Cam Brown||–||James Roberts-Thomson|
Please note there are years missing here! BLUEsat UNSW was founded in 1997.