The CSUG’s third project, having started in January 2017, this satellite will be the first cubesat launched by the CSUG, with launch into orbit scheduled for late 2018/early 2019.
Thanks to the involvement of students, teaching staff, researchers and industrial players, the project is a hub for intergenerational knowledge transfer while combining a great variety of fields, from mechanics to electronics, thermal engineering and computer science.

This 2U nanosatellite (227x100x100 mm) will have a dual scientific mission focusing on the observation of the Northern and Southern Lights. Firstly, AMICal Sat will observe auroras using nadir pointing, i.e. by determining the centre of the Earth to map and link the geographical position of the auroral oval and its internal structures with solar activity. Secondly, the cubesat will perform image capture ‘in limbo’ through tangential orientation with the Earth to capture the vertical profile of the auroras and match an altitude to their various emissions. In addition to these scientific missions, the satellite will also carry out monthly calibration on the Moon to quantify the deterioration of the imager used over time.

The AMICal Sat project is very much tied to ATISE in that their missions are related, in terms both of aurora observation and of the instrument used. As such, it will enable extremely valuable feedback.

The AMICal Sat project is realized in close collaboration with MSU-SINP for both technical and scientific parts (Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics – Lomonosov Moscow State University).

Updated on December 3, 2018