Student and amateur CubeSat news roundup – Sept.3.2019

A sampling of recent articles, press releases, etc. related to student and amateur CubeSat / SmallSat projects and programs (find previous smallsat roundups here):

** Oman university student team builds CubeSat:  SQU team develops sultanate’s first CubeSat – Oman – Muscat Daily

Oman’s first non-commercial CubeSat is a reality now. A team comprising faculty members and students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has executed the project.

It is a type of miniaturised satellite for space research. The project was proposed and supervised by Dr Amir Mohamed Abdulghani and Sayyid Dr Samir al Busaidi. The students who worked to design the satellite’s payload comprised Abdulaziz Mohammed al Qamshaoui, Luay Khalifa al Yaqoubi and Ali Abdulhamied al Shamali.

** Arizona State University team building Phoenix CubeSat for study of “the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect: a phenomenon in which the structure of the city causes a rise in surface temperature”: Mini-spacecraft built by ASU students will study urban heat island effect – ASU Now

If all goes as planned, one day this October a spacecraft the size of jumbo loaf of bread will leave from Wallops, Virginia, packed aboard a cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station.

The spacecraft is a cubesat named Phoenix, and it is the creation of more than 100 science and engineering students, faculty and researchers at Arizona State University.

On Aug. 18, the Phoenix spacecraft was hand-delivered by the student team to Nanoracks, a launch integrator, at their facility in Houston. There it underwent final tests and preparations for its launch to the Space Station, planned for Oct. 21, 2019. After it arrives at the Space Station, Phoenix will be sent into low-Earth orbit sometime early next year.

The Phoenix spacecraft is designed for a two-year mission to take thermal images of several American cities (including its namesake, Phoenix) by day and by night.

ASU Phoenix Cubesat Diagram
Components of the ASU Phoenix Cubesat.

** AMSAT news on student and amateur CubeSat/smallsat projects: ANS-244 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

  • 2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
  • 2019 AMSAT Symposium Early-Bird Registration Rate Until September 15
  • Second Call for AMSAT 2019 Symposium Papers
  • Mark Johns, KØJM, Appointed Editor-in-Chief AMSAT News Service
  • Emergency Traffic Relayed over AO-92 Satellite
  • University of Tsukuba YUI Satellite Project D-ATV User Survey
  • ARISS Activities
  • AMSAT SA Dual Band Yagi Now Available for Export
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • German CEPT Response States Sharing of 144-146 MHz Not Realistic
  • Talks by Radio Amateurs at UKHAS Conference London Sept 7
  • CAMSAT Applies for IARU Coordination for Four V/U Transponder Satellites
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

General CubeSat/SmallSat info:


Introduction to CubeSat Technology and Subsystem:
Orbit Design, Debris Impact, and Orbital Decay Prediction