Design, build and launch a re-entry CubeSat
A CubeSat is a small satellite the size of a Rubik’s Cube. Because of its simplicity and cost-efficiency, it has revolutionized the space industry. This year approximately 1000 CubeSat’s will be launched.
What is our mission?
Our CubeSat will perform a re-entry mission. This means that it will be launched into space, orbit our planet and come back through the Earth's atmosphere at an intense speed.
Why is this useful?
The most common way to conduct a sample return experiment in space is via the International Space Station. However, the waiting lists are tremendously long, the paper work is awfully complicated and the experiment carries a hefty price tag.
Aether is a cheaper, faster and easier solution for sample return space missions.
Plan of Action
The Aether team brings together young engineers who are passionate about space and space technology. We are designing a CubeSat: a nanosatellite consisting of 10x10x10 cm units. In the past decade, the CubeSat standard has enabled countless new innovations in the space industry. We want to design a satellite that can survive the fiery atmospheric re-entry and land at a pre-determined location on Earth. This allows us to retrieve the scientific experiments on board: bringing sample recovery to the small and accessible CubeSat platform!
Therefore we will divide the complete sample return into three sub missions, each covering one step of the re-entry process and the launch of one CubeSat.