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2 mins read 23 Feb 2022

UNSW Buys NanoAvionics Nanosatellite Bus for Research

UNSW will use NanoAvioncs’s nanosatellite bus for its Satellite Innovation Laboratory, providing an opportunity to expand on its R&D, education programs.

Mass Subsystems Production and 6U Nanosatellite Bus Production Credit: NanoAvionics.

The smallsat bus manufacturer, NanoAvionics will deliver a 6U nanosatellite bus to UNSW Sydney for the UNSW Satellite Innovation Laboratory. The 6U nanosatellite bus is fully assembled and functionally tested, meaning that it is ready for research and education. Payload integration for laboratory testing, modifications, and mission operations validation will be carried out by UNSW.  

The intended payload is a global navigational satellite system (GNSS) named “Harry v2”. This will consist of 2 “KEA” GPS receivers, which were developed by the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW. These will perform remote Earth sensing operations using GPS reflectometry which can be used to infer sea-state, wind speed, water-land boundaries, and potentially more.

The payload will be able to host multiple experiments and will take measurements of reflections of navigation signals such as GPS off Earth’s surface, while also using navigation signals from other GPS satellites. The receivers are designed for both aircraft and CubeSat operations and are capable of recording intermediate frequency (IF) data and delay Doppler maps (DDM) with their associated metadata.

“NanoAvionics offers a suite of state-of-the-art satellite platforms that is cost-effective and suitable for modern payload research and development activities to take place,” said Dr Joon Cheong.

“The Australian space market is of immense importance to us and we are looking into expanding our footprint there. We have been supplying Australian research centres and educational institutions with nanosatellite technology since the inception of the company. We keep nurturing these relationships by transferring our knowledge in nanosatellite technology with them,” said Vytenis J. Buzas, founder and CEO of NanoAvionics.

“NanoAvionics is already working with several Australian companies, acting as a technology partner, with intentions to provide our satellites for institutional and commercial segments, mostly for Earth Observation and IoT missions. As a result, and due to Australia’s constant development in the space industry, NanoAvionics is exploring the possibility to establish local capabilities in the region,” said Vytenis J. Buzas.