Since the space missions became more and more complex, multidisciplinary knowledge are required in order to increase the efficiency for complex spacecraft design. Multidisciplinary knowledge can be achieved in the easiest way by developing an educational low cost nanosatellite space mission. The project’s main goal is to obtain a multidisciplinary team of students which, by the end of the project, shall be able to design, integrate and operate a full nanosatellite mission.

Starting from this main goal the derivative project objective are:

  1. Developing, integrating, testing, launching and operating a CubeSat type satellite and its components;
  2. Designing, developing and integrating a specific satellite payload;
  3. Designing and constructing the ground station infrastructure.

Complementary to space mission, of great importance to this project is the team of young researchers that formed and trained during the development of the satellite, and that can now join more ambitious projects in the European space technology domain.

From a scientific point of view, the Romanian CubeSat will integrate three experiments in LEO:

  • Dose-N – determining the total dose of radiation in orbit;
  • SAMIS – micrometeorites detection in orbit;
  • CICLOP – digital camera equipped with a custom lens mount.

Of equal scientific importance are the new solutions and technologies that Goliat will be testing: the low noise power supply, the attitude determination algorithm (GPS, magnetometer, TLE) and the attitude control system (reaction wheels).

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