The PyCubed Experience

Date(s) - 10/11/2023
14:00 - 16:00

University of Southern Denmark


The PyCubed Experience


Friday November 10th 2023
1400-1600 CET

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M

Room CP3
Level 1
Building 30

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Registration required and FREE of charge.


Zachery Manchester will lead a workshop introducing PyCubed, an innovative low cost open source, radiation tested, python based platform for rapid CubeSat development.

Joining him will be Isobel Porteus and Jacob Mukobi from the Stanford Student Satellite Initiative whose latest PyCubed based satellite Sapling2, was launched this year alongside DISCO-1 and is currently in LEO.

Student satellites projects have flourished as the CubeSat form factor, cost of launch and ecosystem of CubeSat components has grown. Student CubeSat projects have taken different approaches to designing and building their spacecraft, with some designing from scratch, some using off the shelf modules and others building on a wide range of open source designs.

Common issues for student programs are high costs, closed proprietary systems, steep learning curves of embedded systems, difficult extensibility, ground station access, and lack of advanced test facilities.

PyCubed addresses these issues with it’s open source software and hardware, python based programming environment, modular design, LoRa and TinyGS based connectivity and extensive testing to produce an accessible, extensible, and affordable CubeSat platform with growing flight heritage.

The workshop will include short presentations, discussion and demos.

The workshop co-incides with and is supported by the 2023 Danish Space Conference and partners.

Zachery Manchester

Zac Manchester is an Assistant Professor in The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon and leads the Robotic Exploration Lab. His research leverages insights from physics, control theory, and optimization to enable robotic systems that can move and interact with their environments with the same level of agility, robustness, and efficiency as humans and animals. His lab develops algorithms for controlling a wide range of autonomous systems from cars merging onto the highway to spacecraft landing on Mars. Zac Previously worked at NASA Ames Research Center and received a NASA Early Career Faculty Award in 2018.
Zachery Manchester

Stanford Student Satellite Initiative

The Stanford Student Space Initiative (Stanford SSI) is Stanford’s largest project-based student group, with more than 300 members split into six project teams: Rockets, Satellites, Balloons, Mars, Biology, and Policy.

SSI is a completely student-run organization founded in 2013 with the mission of giving future leaders of the space industry the hands-on experience and broader insight they need to realize the next era of space development. SSI is dedicated to achieving both short- and long-term goals. In the next year, we will build and launch more cubesats, work on a rover to autonomously cross Antarctica, and develop a new hybrid engine for a vertically landing rocket. All the while, we will continue to expand our mission of education and inspiration across Stanford and the world, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and doing our part to further the development of the new space age.

SSI is represented by Isobel Porteous and Jacob Mukobi
Sapling 2


With thanks to the Danish Space Conference organisers.


For further information please contact Julian Priest


Bookings are closed for this event.

DISCO 2 Crowd funding

DISCO2 is running a crowd funding campaign to support extra camera payloads in it’s Arctic research mission..

On DISCO 2, the second satellite in the DISCO project, we want to include 3 cameras, 2 optical and 1 infrared as well as momentum wheels to precisely control the orientation and pointing of the satellite.

Once this satellite is launched in 2023, we will be able top photograph chosen areas of Greenland’s East coast (and other places on Earth) and therefore contribute to climate change research through our collaboration with the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University.

For this ambitous project to become a reality, we need your help!

Visit our crowd funding campaign here.”

DISCO2 students

Groundstation Workshop – New Date

Date(s) - 14/03/2022
10:00 - 16:00

Air Lab @ IT University of Copenhagen

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The DISCO project will launch 3 satellites into Low Earth Orbit over the next three years. To communicate with the satellites we need to have ground stations that manage the radio communications links for telemetry and data transfer.

The DISCO project is building both fixed ground stations at the participating universities, as well as mobile ground stations that can be loaned to schools in the program.

In this workshop we cover the basics of ground station operation and building including demos and a chance to get hands on experience with a range of equipment, both mobile and fixed equipment that will be later installed at ITU.

Topics include:

  • Antennas
  • Azimuth and Elevation rotators
  • Satellite observation prediction and tracking
  • Software Defined Radio
  • DIY and open source ground stations and Satnogs
  • Telemetry decoding
  • Satellite IOT and LoRa

Full program and speakers to be confirmed.

The workshop is open to all participants in the DISCO project, and places are limited to 20.

The workshop is FREE, registration is essential, and travel expenses* will be covered by the DISCO project.

The workshop is hosted by ITU’s DASYA group and takes place in the Air Lab, Lab 1, Ground floor at IT University.

Contact Julian Priest [jucp at itu dot dk] for further info.




* (Economy travel by public transport or car is covered through participating university expense reimbursement.)


Bookings are closed for this event.

Mission Patch Competition Winner

Marc Breiner Sørensens’s winning mission patch design

For the last months, the Danish Student CubeSat Program (DISCO) has been running a competition for students to design the most awesome mission patch and we are now very excited to announce the winner. The winning mission patch was created by Marc Breiner Sørensen.

Marc’s winning mission patch shows some of the important aspects of the DISCO project, such as the launch with the Falcon 9 rocket and a CubeSat. Another nice twist to the design is that the Earth below is a giant disco ball. DISCO is a collaboration between four Danish universities –  Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark and the IT University of Copenhagen – and their initials have also found their way to the mission patch.

 Last Friday, Marc, who studies physics and astronomy at Aarhus University, received his award for the most awesome mission patch: an Astro Pi kit consisting of a Raspberry Pi 3, a Sense HAT card with a number of built-in measuring instruments, a camera and a power supply. Photo: CK

The first three CubeSats in DISCO are funded by the Danish Industry Foundation and the first of these will be launched by Momentus next summer. The mission patch designed by Marc is for the overall DISCO program. Later, it is foreseen that the individual CubeSats in the DISCO program will get their own mission patches in addition to the DISCO patch.