UNAM returns to space; to launch nanosatelite from India


By CAPosts 26 February, 2021 - 06:11pm 90 views

To infinity and beyond! This Sunday, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) returns to space with the launch of the microsatellite NanoConnect-2 , developed by experts from the Institute of Nuclear Sciences (ICN), which will be placed 504 kilometers from the earth's surface by the Indian Agency for Space Research (ISRO) .

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Gustavo Adolfo Medina Tanco, project leader and director of the ICN's LINX Space Instrumentation Laboratory, explained that this equipment, which measures 20x10x10 centimeters, is part of a series of nanosatellites on which they have been working since 2017.

“The satellite is 100 percent Mexican in its technology, designs, conception; It has been done on our initiative, with our students ”, emphasized the researcher.

The team that travels aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) -C51, will depart at 10:54 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, February 27 , Mexico City time, from the base of the Satish Dhawan Space Center, SHAR, Sriharikota.

The separation of the nanosatellite will take place in the first hour of Sunday 28, to begin its journey around the planet in a circular polar orbit.

“It is a very practical and effective demonstration of the ability of UNAM to generate synergy with external actors, we can say, triple helix: UNAM with its experience and knowledge; the government of Hidalgo with its logistical capacity and there are also businessmen ”, he highlighted.

The device is part of a series of satellites called NanoConnect which offer technology tools that will allow Mexico to position itself as an actor in the space sector in the development of instruments and applications for low orbits.

The equipment was designed and manufactured by LINX , in coordination with the government of Hidalgo.

The objective of NanoConnect-2 is to prove that each instrument that makes up the equipment works correctly in space; that is to say, the flight computers; monitoring systems, power, telecommunications and those that are on the ground; as well as the mechanical structures

The data that will allow university experts to know if the systems are working correctly will arrive at the Earth Station , located at the ICN facilities in Ciudad Universitaria.

“We also intend to test the capacity of that satellite to provide services for a payload and, for this, we have an American company that produces very high-tech antennas with a very, very large bandwidth. The team will work with our communication systems, but at times it will start to use this external system, in order to compare the efficiency of this new antenna ”, said the scientist.

If planned during the launch, the NanoConnect-2 could begin to work immediately and in three or six months complete the equipment validation mission and the test of the aforementioned antenna, so it is expected to continue its work for some years until it is attracted to the earth's surface.

Medina Tanco emphasized that, like all space missions, NanoConnect-2 has a degree of risk of failure; However, it passed the necessary qualification tests , in addition, indispensable technologies and human resources were developed for the long-term plans of UNAM and LINX.

Its construction, he asserted, was carried out with the support of José Vera (from the company Liber Salus ), and Francisco Valle (Pastes Kiko), as well as other national and international companies which collaborate with LINX in its different projects: AG Electrónica, Reference Biomédica, DOW, ENGIE México, EBIME Equipos de Biomedicina de México, Glenair, Globalstar , HIESC, InReach, MicroLink, Virtual Advertising, Rohde & Schwarz, PRAXIS, SAMTEC, Sol21CyT, Space AI, Spacenet, Steren Electronics, Weller, Wurth Electronikk.

The university informed that progress is also being made in the manufacture of NanoConnect-3, the design of NanoConnect-4 and then work on a new series of nanosatellites

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