“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!
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.
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.