TTÜ Satellite Hackathon took place from September 29th to October 1st in Mektory. People with different skills and talents took part of it to give their input to the development of a satellite named TTÜ100. There were also around 35 students who took part of the introductory event to find out more about the programme and possibly join the team.
TTÜ Mektory Satellite team is looking for new members!
You have a chance to come and see the TTÜ Mektory Satellite Team in action during the beginning of TTÜ Satellite Hackathon, where we give an overview of our programme to all interested people and register new members.
The program is university-wide and multi-disciplinary. Participation in the program can be integrated into the curriculum (incl. possibility to earn extra credits). It's possible to employ learned skills in:
- computer programming
- project management
- and many other fields
If you're interested in the project, you are welcome to attend the introduction event and please register yourself for that.
If the time isn't suitable at all, but you are interested in joining the team, please fill in the registration form and mark that you can't attend the introductory event. We can then get in touch with you!
After the introduction event there is an immediate chance to build the TTÜ satellite following the introduction. We are orginizing a three-day hackathon to develop the subsystems of the satellite and ask kindly everybody to register for the event.
Our team members present problems to be solved and invite 5-10 member teams to solve each problem during the weekend.
It doesn’t matter what skills you have, anyone who wants to participate is welcome to join in. We are looking for students and specialists from all fields. TTÜ satellite team supervisors will guide the process throughout the hackathon. It is possible to use all necessary labs in TTÜ for the tasks. Guest speakers will join in to share their experience with space technology.
The hackathon will start at 18:00 on Friday and end by 17:00 on Sunday.
The participation fee for hackathon is €5 per person, this will cover the costs of catering for the whole weekend.
See you in Mektory on September 29th at 6 PM!
Register for the recruitment event here
Register for the Hackathon here
Please pay the Hackathon participation fee as following:
Explanation: your name and "OBJEKT- ÜPEIP; Satellite Hackathon"
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rauno Gordon, rauno dot gordon at ttu dot ee .
On the 14th of June TTU Mektory Satellite team gave an overview of the results that have been achieved on developing a satellite TTÜ100. All work package leaders or students presented the results from their work packages.
TTÜ Satellite Hackathon took place on the 5th to 7th of May on Mektory. People with different skills and talents took part of it to give their input to the development of a satellite TTU 100.
There were seven different tasks offered to be solved. The participants chose to work in four of them: Solar panel opening and closing mechanism, high altitude balloon experiment, attitude determination and control system and also marketing, design and branding.
Rauno Gordon, Eiko Priidel and Ants Koel are getting ready to send the high altitude balloon up to 30 kilometers.
The team members worked very hard over the three days and by Sunday afternoon every team presented the outcomes of their tasks. The balloon experiment gave a good base for designing an experiment to test different sub-systems of the satellite in high altitudes. The marketing team presented their visions for the new logo of the satellite and also different communication concepts for the programme. The attitude determination team developed algorithms and made proposals to change the sensors of the satellite.The team that was working on the opening and closing of the solar panels presented new solution for the hinges and mounts that are more reliable, lighter and easier to make.
Kaarel Repän introducing the opening mechanism of a solar panel which was created during the hackathon.
During the hackathon there were also public speeches on space-related topics. Azerkosmos from Azerbaijan introduced how they produce space pictures from a satellite SPOT7. Martin Neerot from a Finnish satellite building company ICEYE talked about their experience in satellite development. Professor Emeritus and former member of Riigikogu Ene Ergma spoke about her experiences in developing the space sector in Estonia. Everybody who attended this event had an extraordinary chance to discuss space topics with people who have been very closely related to different space projects.
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Professors emeritus Ene Ergma giving a speech.
On 1st of April, TTÜ Mektory Satellite team participated on TEDx Lasnamäe conference.
For the conference, the team made an illustrative display of all the working electronic sub-systems. These demonstate effectively the inside and functions of the TTÜ Mektory Satellite. The team was represented by two students: Nika Mukbaniani and Mohammad Tavassolian who pointed out that the new display attracted very effectively the participants’ interests.
From the bottom:
1. EPS – Electronic Power System
2. Communication module
3. ADCS – Attitude Determination and Control System
5. OBC – On Board Computer
6. Solar panel on the left wing
7. Board of antennas on the right wing is without antennas at the moment
Turning Theory into Practice: The Short Story of the Estonian Space Race is and article publisehd in the magazine Life In Estonia spring 2017 issue written by Sven Paulus. He is giving an overview of Estonians who have shaped space science in a way as we know it today.
Interview was carried out with the Head of TTÜ Mektory Space Centre Rauno Gordon as well. ‘We want to develop the university’s competence in aerospace technologies, making TUT better known on the playground. Our business-related fields have so far been remote-sensing technology and image processing,’ he says. Article is on the pages 36-39.
26 students participated in the meeting of the Recruitment Day on 1st and 6th of March. Gatherings were very inspiring, thank you all for coming! If You are interested in joining our team as well, please feel free to contact us anytime.
Last week, the TUT-Mektory Satellite Team gave an overview of this semester’s results in developing TUT-Mektory Nanosatellite. Presentations were given by members from each work package. Also gratitude was expressed towards the sponsors of the program: Telegrupp AS, Satrian Aerospace, CGI Eesti, Stoneridge Electronics, Mediq Eesti and Lennuliiklusteeninduse AS.
The overviews of the work packages show that the team completed the technical design for all sub-systems and most sub-systems managed to complete the second and third prototype. A lot of the software of the satellite has also been completed and functional tests are taking place. At the beginning of 2017 all sub-systems will be prototyped and system-level testing will start. First, the functional level tests, and then moving on to space simulation tests like climate chamber, thermo-vacuum chamber and vibration tests. The tests will be carried out in TUT and in partner organizations.
TUT-Mektory Satellite Program has input from partner-organizations and 15 academic supervisors from 7 institutes and about 50 students from ten different countries. TUT-Mektory satellite’s mission is to carry out remote sensing from close-to- earth orbit and to send Pictures back to earth. High frequency communication module and optical communication via laser diodes will be tested as new Technologies. All of the Technologies used on the satellite are developed by TUT in co-operation with partner organizations which include Tartu Observatory and Estonian Aviation Academy. The satellite will be tested on Earth and will be prepared for launch to the orbit in 2018.
Team picture with prototypes
This autumn, October 3rd-5th, a number of scientists from all over the world were gathered at BEC2016, the 15th Biennial Conference on Electronics and Embedded Systems to discuss and promote research and development in the field of electronics and embedded systems. This year, the scope of the conference was set on smart space technologies and services.
The ceremony was held on Thursday, 6th of October to celebrate cooperation between Estonian ANS and Tallinn University of Technology Innovation and Business Centre Mektory Satellite Programme. EANS is supporting the programme with helping to build the satellite.
EANS main activity is provision of air nevigation services in Tallinn Flight Information Region, covering the airspace over Estonian territory and some segments over the international waters that are delegated to Estonia by ICAO Convention. In plain language, air traffic control means organising air traffic into a safe, expeditious and smooth flow. The overwhelming part of the traffic handled by EANS is the overflights connecting West and East. We cooperate with almost 1000 different customers.
Adding the EANS logo on the wall of Mektory partners
Besides EANS several ohter companies have joined the programme: Mediq Estonia OÜ, Stoneridge Electronics, Telegrupp AS, Satrian Aerospace OÜ and CGI Estonia.
The mission of the TUT Mektory Nanosatellite is to perform remote sensing of Earth with two different type of cameras and to test high bandwidth communication platform. The building and testing of the satellite is planned for the period of 2016-2017. The launch of the satellite will most probably take place in 2018.
Mektory Nanosatellite programme is an international, interdisciplinary, university wide programme. The programme provides practical knowhow and experience for students in engineering and space technology industries. Programme is lead by Mektory Space Centre and carried out by students and professors from different nations, in association with national and international partners from various industries and academia.
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On 27th of September TUT Mektory was visited by colonel Douglas H. Wheelock, who gave an extremely inspiring lecture and also participated in the panel discussion. TUT Mektory Nanosatellite team was honored to meet Mr. Wheelock and to give an overview of the program. After short presentations, there was a discussion where Douglas recommended students to be curious, be sincerely interested in their field of study and overcome any fears. Also colonel Wheelock was very sure that soon, humankind will step on Mars and the people who will be part of that are among us in this room today. “It is very possible,” said Wheelock who was also an ordinary boy from a small town, dreaming to become an astronaut. “If my wish to fly to space came true, it can also become true for you,” Wheelock said.
In his extremely inspiring public lecture Douglas spoke on many different topics, but he emphasized that there are no borders seen up in space and planet Earth stands alone in vast emptiness. “Spaceship Earth“ as he called our planet, needs to be seen as a whole in so many issues and even through satellite photos we get a much better chance for that. Sunset and sunrise can be experienced 16 times during a day, so watching this beautiful event was one of the favorite things in space. “In these moments I realized who beautiful our planet can be and how it really takes you breathless. And if you happen to see burning oil spills in the sea, your hart can really brake.“ Mr Wheelock described his emotions while looking at Earth from space.
Douglas’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion, that was led by experienced space scientist Mart Noorma and the participants were the director of the Tartu Observatory Anu Reinart and alumni of International Space University Martin Jüssi who leads the space software development team in an IT-company CGI Estonia. During the panel, a lot of questions rose from the moderator and also from the public.
See more pictures from Mektory Facebook.
Colonel Wheelock with TUT Mektory Nanosatellite and ESTCube teams.
ESA DG Jan Wörner's public lecture about "Driving Space 4.0 – an enabler for Entrepreneurship and Innovation" at Tallinn University of Technology during his visit to Estonia on 15.09.2016
ESA DG Johann-Dietrich Wörner visit to Tallinn University of Technology during his visit to Estonia on 15 Sept 2016
A short overview of ESA Citizen's Debate, which took place on 10. September 2016 for the first time in TTÜ Mektory and Tartu Observatory. The debate was initiated by ESA DG Johann-Dietrich Wörner and took place simultaneously in all 22 ESA member states. the event was organized in Estonia by Estonian Space Office.
We are so proud of our team and our satellite that has attracted international interest. The student satellite programme provides practical knowhow and experience in engineering and space technology industries, while also receiving credits in their study period.
This week, TUT-Mektory Satellite team gave an overview about all the activities in this semester that have been carried out in order to develop the nanosatellite. Presentations were made about the status of activities in all work packages. Also thank you certificates were issued to all programme sponsors: Telegrupp AS, Satrian Aerospace, CGI Eesti, Stoneridge Electronics, Mediq Eesti, Tiina Pizza and Lennuliiklusteeninduse AS.
The work package reviews showed that the design of the satellite is at the end state and system testing is taking place. The team has completed the second prototype of the mechanical structure, the third prototype of power supply module, first versions of onboard computer and communication systems. Also software developments are going on.
In spring semester 2016, the first functional prototype of the satellite will be completed. The project team’s focus will then turn from hardware development to testing and software development.
TUT-Mektory satellite team is made of business partners, fifteen academic supervisors from seven institutes and about fifty students from about ten different countries. TUT-Mektory satellite mission is to perform remote sensing from close to Earth orbit and to send pictures down to Earth. As a new technology, high frequency communication module and optical communication with laser diodes will be tested. All technologies used in the satellite are developed by TUT in co-operation with partner organizations in addition to business partners also Tartu Observatory and Estonian Aviation Academy. The satellite will be tested on Earth and completed for orbit mission in 2017.
Thank you our programme sponsors for being part of this journey
"Thank you" letters for all of our partners
Our amazing team, thank you so much for your effort!
We had an amazing opportunity to visit Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre!
Did you know that you can find there 2 radio telescopes in use for scientific purposes: one 16-meter wide and another 32-meter wide, which is actually the largest such telescope in Northern Europe and the eighth largest in the world?
“The trip was wonderful! The most fun part was a walk in the dungeons between the radio telescopes. The telescope was impressively large, but we were not able to rise above the ground floor. The most useful part of all was the visit to the University of Ventspils. There I was able to communicate with the satellite developers working in the same area as me, ie, orbital modeling. Thanks to them, I discovered a new solution to some of my objectives.” Глеб, engineer.
“It was a very beneficial trip to my understanding of satellite. During the trip we broke the ice between our team mates and we had a lot of fun" Peteer, engineer.
Photos: Sander Rikka
28th April we were at Students Science Festival to increase youngsters' interest towards science and technology!
Photos: Gerli Selge
Yuri's Night is an international celebration held every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration. Yuri's Night is named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961.
Among the international space day, this year we were also celebrating the fact that TUT is soon becoming a Space University by launching their very own Nanosatellite to the orbit.
We held an interesting lecture about the Apollo Program and conspiracy theories (docent Vladislav-Veniamin Pustõnski, TUT, department of Physics) and after at the cafe Pööning (Akadeemia tee 24) enjoyed an epic Oscar winning film 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. After the movienight a telescope live broadcast from Tallinn Observatory was shown on the big screen.
Project meeting "Project Status Review"
The Moon through the telescope
Lecture "Apollo Program and conspiracy theories"
Docent Vladislav-Veniamin Pustõnski and Muhammed Batuhan Gözal
The Movie Night at Pööning
Teele and Keilyn
On March 15, TUT Innovation and Business Centre Mektory’s Nanosatellite programme and Mediq Eesti OÜ signed a cooperation contract. This will allow necessary equipment to be bought in order to implement the unique project in good-quality.
Member of the board of Mediq Estonia OÜ, Aare Järvelaid, said that it is their wish to contribute into the development of Estonian science in space area. Besides Mediq Estonia OÜ several ohter companies have joined the programme: Stoneridge, Telegrupp AS, Satrian Aerospace OÜ and CGI.
The building and testing of the satellite is planned to the first half of the year 2016 The launch of the satellite will most probably take place in 2017. Mektory Nanosatellite programme is an international, interdisciplinary, university wide programme, carried out by students and professors from different nations, in association with national and international partners from various industries and academia.
From left to right: Mediq Eesti OÜ Mart Eigi and Aare Järvelaid; Tea Varrak,
Keilyn Kase, Mart Vihmand
We are very proud to inform you that Euronews team visited us from 7th to 8th of January in Mektory. They are making a video clip about ESA and also cubesatellites including our TUT - Mektory Satellite. They interviewed our Programm Manager Mart Vihmand and couple of students aswell. In addition, they also filmed our laboratorys and offices. It will air on 21st of January. Stay tuned!
A journalist Claudio Rosmino
Filming in laboratory
Photos: Mart Vihmand