Casaasat Satellite

Name CASAA-Sat (Casaasat)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Launcher PSLV
Organization Université d'Aix - Marseille
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Headquarters France

Characterize the Magnetic Anomaly of the South Atlantic (a particle sensor and a tiny camera).


CASAA-Sat will insure a Cartography of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) This project is an agreement with the LAM and Aix-Marseille University/Nanolab Academy (AMU/Nanolab Academy agreement signed since 2016), which included this project, since its beginning, as a project with the goal of developing from scratch a nanosatellite only made by students.

The CASAA-Sat project involved more than 200 students in multiple specialties, including around thirty in an end-of-term 6-month internship from Masters/Bachelor studies and final year of engineering school. The objectives of CASAA-Sat are to evaluate the radiation dose deposits, which one presume highest above the Brazil in the SAA, correlate them with the local magnetic field and with the predicted apparitions of the auroras at the poles. We can allow, depending on batteries conditions, to build the different measurements (magnetic field, radiation measurements, photo of the poles) with the interested amateur operators to try to better cartography of the whole SAA. It would be possible to welcome at the LAM, within the Student Space Center of Aix-Marseille University, a radio amateur, if he wishes, to check from time to time the TM/TC and share the data received from CASAA-Sat. The collaboration with the radio amateurs, through these requested and collected data, could be a very interesting exploitation of the mission, in the interest of all.

This educative project is fully included in Nanolab Academy, which is a student lead nanosatellite development program, that involve many French universities. CASAA-Sat is the Aix-Marseille University project. Radio communications being an integral part of this project, radio amateurs have already contributed with their experience to optimize the ground station on site. The radio amateur’s community will also be welcome to help us to request, collect and process the satellite data, as well as distributing it to the scientific and educational community.

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