Design, build and launch a re-entry CubeSat

A CubeWhat?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.