Who we are
BLUEsat was founded in 1997 and is UNSW’s society for student space projects. BLUEsat has four major projects:
- Microsatellite (CubeSat) system and mission development;
- Off-world robotics;
- Stratospheric balloon launches; and
- Maintaining a microsatellite groundstation.
Our mission is to give students real-world experience in multi-disciplinary space engineering projects and promote space technology in Australia.
Major goals and achievements
- Our CubeSat Engineering teams are currently developing student-designed CubeSat microsatellite parts, a number of which are progressing through the manufacture stage and already gaining international attention.
- We currently operate a satellite ground station in partnership with ACSER that is used to communicate with UNSW’s EC0 satellite, part of the QB50 global networks of satellites.
- Our “GreenSat” Satellite Missions Team is developing a novel approach to growing food in space and had the opportunity to speak at the International Astronautical Conference last year.
- The Off-World Robotics division of BLUEsat designs and builds Mars rover platforms. We have competed in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Expedition and the European Rover Challenge.
- Our High Altitude Balloon Team is involved in developing a radar system for NATO with the University of Pisa!