The project is aimed at the design of a nanosatellite that, detaching from a mothership, is able to take pictures of the latter for artistic and diagnostic purposes. Main objectives were to minimize the fuel or power consumption, to make the nanosatellite autonomous and reusable. Basing on these key-points a Cubesat-like system, named SelfieSat, has been designed and its internal components have been selected choosing among those available into the market-place.

This project is solving the Deep Space CamSat challenge.


SelfieSat Logo

Belonging to the category of the nanosatellites, SelfieSat has been conceived as a cubic satellite whose dimensions are 250x250x250 mm. However this has been thought about only as a first design, since the chosen dimensions are the maximum acceptable for a nanosatellite. Therefore the final configuration may be smaller than the first attempt one, depending on the systems that the satellite has to host.

At first, the design phase afforded by the team required the definition of some key points intended to make the best choices possible. Consequently the following basic ideas have been taken as a guide for the whole work:

  • minimum fuel and power consumption, in order to maximize the lifetime;
  • flexibility, thought as the ability to reach any desired orbit, either higher or lower with respect to the mothership one;
  • reusability, since the nanosatellite has to be safely re-joint with the mothership when its mission is over;
  • autonomous mothership pointing, so that the camera is always aligned with its target;
  • simple recharging configuration, in order to make the docking station as simple as possible and to guarantee to SelfieSat a continuous and always sufficient power supply.

For more information take a look at our links, with particular attention to our technical report!


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We would like to thank all our friends, that with their knowledge and passion contributed to our project, in full agreement with the open source spirit. Special thanks to:

  • Antonio Varriale: Film Maker
  • Federica Grilli: Graphic Designer
  • Angelo Giuliano: Translator
  • InĂªs Antunes: Translator

Project Information

License: NASA Open Source Agreement 1.3 (NASA-1.3)

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Presentation -
Technical Report -


  • Antonio Caiazzo
  • Giovanni Nardone
  • Salvatore Sarno
  • Davide Candela