UPC students to launch nanosatellite into space
The team 3Cat4, made of 18 students from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), are launching a nanosatellite in 2019. The satellite, CubeCat 4, was developed at UPC’s NanoSat Lab and will be launched into space to gather information from Earth observation.
The CubeCat 4 integrates a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reflectometry to examine climatic events, geographical features and oceanic parameters by detecting and analysing signals as reflected by navigation satellite constellations.
In addition, it will be equipped with the technology to follow up all kinds of vessels in intercontinental voyages.
From the sky to the Earth
The satellite will rely on support from two receivers on Earth, in Barcelona and Àger, Lleida, at Parc Astronòmic Montsec. They will gather the information sent from space and share it with all interested organisations.
The members of 3Cat4 are currently getting ready for critical design review, in compliance with ESA standards. On 17 September, all the project’s technical documents will be reviewed by Agency representatives.
After that, they will build the satellite and perform functional tests. The CubeCat will be launched from the International Space Station in 2019, orbiting at 400km above the Earth for about two years.