Workshop on Pico/Nano/Micro Satellites

Workshop on Pico/Nano/Micro Satellites
Speaker: Dr. Sharan  Asundi, Tuskegee University,USA

Organized by

Crucible of Research and Innovation (CORI), PES University
Indian Space Station

Date 13th July 2016
Venue PES University, Bangalore


The goal of this workshop is to bring together academic institutions interested in initiating a pico/nano/micro-satellite program and facilitate a roadmap of 3-5 years to be successful. The underlying intent of the workshop is to emphasize the integration of education, research and development to sustain a PNMSat program at an academic institution.

The specific objectives of the workshop are as follows:

  • Provide an overview of a typical PNMSat Mission Life Cycle
  • Review principles of Orbital Mechanics relevant to the design of PNMSats.
  • Understand the functions of various subsystems of a PNMSat through hands on experience using a classroom satellite kit from EyasSat

 The workshop will provide rudimentary hands on training using a classroom satellite kit from EyasSat, which is a functional representative of a PNMSat and demonstrate packet radio communication

 Electrical Power System (EPS)

  • Command & Data Handling (CDH) System
  • Tracking, Telemetry, & Command (TT&C) System
  • Attitude Determination & Control System (ADCS)
  • Structural & Thermal (S&T) System
  • Ground Station Communication Emulation


Workshop Agenda
To facilitate the above goal and achieve the stated objectives, the workshop is planned in 3 sessions:

Session I – 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
The first session will present an overview of a custom developed Mission Life Cycle for PNMSat, including CubeSat class of satellites and an overview presentation of PES University’s PISAT. Specifically,

  • Provide an overview of a typical PNMSat Mission Life Cycle – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Pre-Stage I –- Mission Concept and Preliminary Mission Design
  • Stage I –- Systems Engineering Training for Mission Execution
  • Stage II –- Mission Design, Design Validation, and Virtual Assembly
  • Stage III –- Development, Unit/Integration Level Testing
  • Stage IV –- Assembly, System Level and Environmental Testing
  • Stage V -– Post Launch Operation

Review of Orbital Mechanics and Overview of Satellite Subsystems – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Electrical power system
  • Command and data handling system
  • Telemetry, tracking and command
  • Attitude determination & control system
  • Structural & Thermal System
  • Propulsion system
  • Ground operations

Overview of PES University’s PISAT Nanosatellite Mission – 11:15 PM to 12:15 PM


Session II – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The second session will focus on providing rudimentary hands on experience in assembly/integration and conceptual operation of a PNMSat using the EyasSat Classroom Satellite Kit. As part of this exercise, participants will be divided into groups to experience EyasSat kit in PES University’s ESD laboratory:


  • Gain an understanding of the various constituents of a subsystem (visual inspection)
  • Experience the integration/assembly and functioning of the EyasSat Classroom Satellite Kit
  • Experience the concept of ground station to satellite communication
  • Telemetry and telecommand operation

 Session III – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The last session will be a meet and greet session along with the closing ceremony for both the workshop and an ongoing short course on PNMSats. Student participants for the short course will be presenting (posters) design of a novel payload and the supporting PNMSat bus. The workshop participants will get to witness the outcome of the course and interact with the students. As part of the closing ceremony, a distinguished chief guest will be invited. The workshop participants will have an opportunity to interact with the distinguished chief guest.


More details:

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  • Swetha 8095619824


Please do mention Indian Space Station while registring for the workshop.






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