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    Developments in cubesats are now pushing the concept into supporting deep space missions. This challenge builds on this and carries a cubesat, called CamSat (for the purposes of the challenge), on a hypothetical deep space planetary mission to Mercury. During certain mission phases, the mission team will encounter events of significant interest (either scientific or for general interest to the public) and will determine that a robotic imaging device could be launched to provide a visual imaging of the spacecraft. Your robotic CamSat will return to the host spacecraft for reuse. NASA’s SPHERES program on the International Space Station is envisioned for this very purpose.


    Design and model a feasibility demonstrator of a nano-satellite (e.g. cubesat) that can orbit and take pictures of deep space spacecraft during events of interest, e.g. planetary flybys.

    Find creative ways to:
    1. Design a cubesat that hosts an imaging payload for recording events of interest for a deep space mission, e.g. separation events (release of landers), planetary flybys.
    2. Design and demonstrate (using a physical model or an animated model) a storage, release and docking mechanism to accommodate the CamSat during cruise which will allow the launch and retrieval of the satellite.


    • Consider the storage and docking mechanism to allow your CamSat to be reused at later phases in the mission. The storage pod can include provisions for re-charging, or even re-fueling.
    • Investigate the various designs and capabilities of CamSats. Consider on renewable power sources and actuators that could, in principle, be re-charged from the mothership, e.g. electric propulsion, reaction wheels, magnotorquers (also known as torque rod). The cubesat could use the minuscule magnetic field generated by the spacecraft as a means of actuation, or other novel actuators.
    • What sensors are available to such a CamSat to ensure that it has the correct attitude for the payload operations?
    • Identify imaging payloads that could be used during a deep space mission for imaging the spacecraft.
    • Investigate how your CamSat can be stored during cruise, then launched/released and then subsequently recovered.

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  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

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    • Dipolar Asymmetric Magnetomotive Tractors.

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    • Radicalbraverker

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    • Mission In Star Cam (MISC)

      This project aims to design and model a feasibility demonstrator of a nano-satellite (e.g. cubesat) that can orbit and take pictures of deep space spacecraft during events of interest, e.g. planetary flybys. Visit Project

    • CrewSat

      Create a conceptual design of a CrewSat System for deep space satellites that can carry it as payload. The objective would be to develop the satellite bus along with the deployment and docking services facility. Visit Project


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    • MOX Project

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    • Cube D.A.E.S.A. (Deep Auxiliar Eyes in Space for Astronauts)

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    • ScanSat

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    • CompanionCube

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    • SelfieSat

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    • SS Cornelius

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