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 surounded by the Australian Bush
    Raghav Hariharan

    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.

    Portrait of BLUEsat Secretary Anita Smirnov
      Anita Smirnov

      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.

      Yasmin Akhtar
        Yasmin Akhtar

        Yasmin Akhtar is an Actuarial Studies and Commerce student at UNSW Sydney. She has a keen interest in finance as well as an enthusiasm for engineering, having experience in electrical building services design and BLUEsat UNSW allows her to combine these interests.

        Timothy Guo
          Timothy Guo
          Chief Techincal Officer - Satellites

          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.

          Bohan Deng
          Bohan Deng
          Chief Technical Officer - Robotics

          Bohan Deng is a forth year Aerospace Engineering student at UNSW Sydney who loves anything to do with space. Prior to taking up the Robotics CTO position, he was Arc Delegate, and previously involved in developing the new 'NUMBAT' rover.

            Steven Watts
            Arc Delegate

            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.

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              Elias Aboutanios
              Academic Advisor

              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

              BLUEsat UNSW 2017-2018 membership, with the new executive standing at the centre in front of the globe on UNSW's globe lawn. (Exec from left to right: Tim Guo, Yasmin Akhtar, Helena Kertesz, Harry J.E Day, Thomas Renneberg and Raghav Hariharan).BLUEsat 2016 AGM Group Photo. Top Row(Exec): Taofiq Huq, Helena Kertesz, Kawai Leung, Nuno Das Neves.BLUEsat UNSW 2015 AGM, with exec (top row): Mark Yeo, Helena Kertesz, Denis Wang, Tom DixonThe BLUEsat UNSW team on UNSW Sydney's globle lawn after their EGM. Our EGM photos are taken on the globle lawn because of the "globe's" association with space.BLUEsat 2017 EGM Team Photo with the executive knealing front centre (LTR): Nuno Das Neves, Raghav Hariharan, Helena Kertesz and Yasmin Akhtar

              Past Executives

              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.

              YearPresidentSecretaryTreasurerARC DelegateCTO – SatellitesCTO – Rover
              2018 s2 (start)Raghav HariharanAnita SmirnovYasmin AkhtarBohan DengTimothy GuoThomas Renneberg
              2018 s1Helena KerteszHarry J.E DayYasmin AkhtarRaghav HariharanTimothy GuoThomas Renneberg
              2017 s2Helena KerteszHarry J.E DayYasmin AkhtarRaghav HariharanTaofiq HuqNuno Das Neves
              YearPresidentCTO – SatellitesCTO – RoverCOO
              2017 s1Helena KerteszTaofiq HuqNuno Das NevesKawai Leung
              2016 s2Tom DixonSamantha WardhaughHelena KerteszDenis Wang
              2016 s1Tom DixonMark YeoHelena KerteszDenis Wang
              2015Stuart Bartlett / Tom DixonMark YeoChristopher MillerDenis Wang
              2014Thien NguyenTom DixonSteph McArthur / Yilser KabranAlice Kang
              2013Thien NguyenCam BrownJames Roberts-Thomson

              Please note there are years missing here! BLUEsat UNSW was founded in 1997.