The 7 members of the A3 team visited on the 9th of April 2018 department for Aerospace Engineering at Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt. In the company of several members of the host team, led by Dr. Carsten Scharlemann, Head of the Department, discussion was about the technical details of the CubeSat development, their experience of the PEGASUS satellite launched last year, and the CLIMB CubeSat project, which will be the first in the world to use trusters to change orbit from circular into elliptical. After the discussion, which lasted for several hours, their labs were shown, satellite testing instruments and self-developed pulsed plasma truster and the vacuum chambers where it is tested. Finally, desire for closer cooperation was expressed between A3 and AE on several projects.
The development of space technology and research are one of the few, perhaps the only, activities that are constantly on the rise, with no apparent limit to this rise. There are two reasons for this – the universe is the future of mankind and activities in this sector are interdisciplinary by their structure. The countries that understand it make every effort to broadly educate younger generations as the foundation of their space program. An example is a recent Canadian Space Agency competition award that would encourage the creation of small satellites, so-called „Cube Sats“. Here are the points of the competition:
• Expected budget for new awards over four years: $2.85 million
• Eligible recipients: Canadian post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities)
• Type of transfer payment: Grants
• Maximum amount per grant: Up to $200,000
• Duration of grant: Up to four (4) years from award
• Approxiate number of grants: 13
• Application deadline: December 15, 2017
What is also of significance is that considering the substantial costs that selected participants from the three farthest territories will face for travels to and from southern Canadian locations to attend collaborative efforts and/or project review meetings, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is planning on covering such travels for an amount not to exceed $50,000 per funded proposal involving a territory (in addition to the amount of $200,000 mentioned above). This action enables participants from the most distant areas of Canada to equally participate in the call.
You can find out more information on the call via this link.