“The Underwater Drone Team goes well below the surface”.

Lucas Way

Lucas Way

Underwater Drone Team Lead


Getting to know the Underwater Drone Team

Founded in 1997 our satellite team is probably one of the oldest in Australia. BLUEsat UNSW completed its original satellite in mid-2013, but it was not launched due to cost constraints. The team is now focused on CubeSat development which is cheaper and a growing sector in the space industry.


About the Underwater
Drone Team

The current mission is to launch a CubeSat into low earth orbit with a UV telescope as the payload. The Earth’s atmosphere filters out the UV and X-ray radiation emitted from stars and therefore ground-mounted telescopes cannot gather it. Astrophysicists have had to use an incomplete data set, excluding the high energy radiation that could reveal crucial information about stars and the structure of the universe.

But a telescope in orbit is outside the atmosphere and can gather information about the UV and X-ray emissions of stars. Furthermore, a satellite in orbit has far more range than a ground-mounted telescope because it can move freely throughout latitudes.

Partnerships

We’re planning to launch a satellite that we’re just beginning to design in December 2022 for a six-month mission. We have five sub-teams, three of which will be new this term.

This is an excellent chance to work on an engineering project with real-world applications following professional design standards.



This team focuses on developing a magnetorquer that can control the orientation of a CubeSat in space. The project allows team members to develop skills in circuit design and hardware interface using micro controllers. This is a team that has existed in previous iterations of the Satellite project and is currently being developed further.

Skills you will learn in the Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) Team

  • Circuit design using modules
  • Mechanical structure design
  • Programming for hardware interface
  • Integration of electrical, mechanical and computing systems

Assumed Knowledge

  • Integration of electrical, mechanical and computing systems
  • Basic programming/COMP1511
  • Basic circuit design/
  • ELEC1111Basic mechanics/MMAN1300
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Mechandise

This team designs a system that is capable of providing all the power the CubeSat needs to operate in space using solar panels. Members practice circuit design and the production and testing of electrical systems. This is also a team that has existed in the past, with plans to develop previous iterations of the design and improve on them.

*More information available below under our previous missions

Skills you will learn in the Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) Team

  • Practical soldering using soldering iron, hot air gun, and reflow oven
  • Electrical circuit design using various integrated circuits
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design
  • Power systems

Assumed Knowledge

  • Basic circuit design/ELEC1111

Every satellite needs a structure and payload, and ours will be developed by a team focusing on mechanical engineering. The team focuses on design for manufacture, both from scratch and from existing components.

Skills you will learn in the Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) Team

  • Mechanical structure design
  • Design using commercial components
  • CAD and engineering drawings

Assumed Knowledge

  • Basic mechanics/MMAN1300
Industry Events

The communications team is the second new team for our current mission. The team will design a system that allows a ground station on Earth to communicate with the satellite in space. This team is ideal for those looking to apply telecommunications principles.

Skills you will learn in the Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) Team

  • Telecommunications, communicating with a satellite

Assumed Knowledge

  • Basic circuit design/ELEC1111
Communications

Current role opportunities: