IGOSat: a students’ nanosatellite project

IGOSat is the first educational 3U CubeSat (10x10x30 cm) developed at Paris Diderot University with main objective to give university students hands-on experience of a real satellite project.

Currently developed in the framework of the Spatial Campus Paris 7 and an APC and Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) collaboration, the IGOSAT nanosatellite is a student project to measure the electron density in the high atmosphere. Its main feature is to offer the opportunity for many students to access to the Space community and its technical specificities.The IT Department supervises the students in charge of the On Board Flight Software, assuming the main responsibility for this satellite subsystem. The IT Department also provides the Web and the Data servers for the experiment.

So far, more than 200 students have been working on IGOSat. Each year, about 15 interns (from bachelor to master level) are supervised by about 10 scientists and engineers from APC and IPGP.