Following the former NCUBE project, a new student satellite project where launched in 2006, The Norwegian Student Satellite Program, ANSAT. The goal is to launch three student satellites into space by the end of year 2014.
The Norwegian Student Satellite Program, ANSAT
In 2006, the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) and Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) decided to initiate a student satellite program as a succession from NCUBE-1 and NCUBE-2. The scope of the program is to build and launch 3 CuneSats in the period 2007 – 2014.
The student satellite program has the intention to stimulate cooperation between educational institutions in Norway and with industry, and also to give the students experience in team work and hands-on training. The program also aims to increase the interest for science and technology in lower educational levels to secure future recruitment to higher education.
The satellites are planned to follow the CubeSat standard. The standard describes satellites put together of cubes weighing 1kg, and measuring 10x10x10 cm. The satellites can be single, double or triple cubes. The first satellite is currently being developed by a team of students from Narvik University College, and is named HINCUBE. The second satellite is being developed by student from the University of Oslo. This satellite will be a two unit CubeSat and is called CUBESTAR. The third and last satellite in the Norwegian student satellite program is being developed by students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and is called NUTS.
A CubeSat is a picosatellite with dimensions of 10x10x10 cm, weighing up to 1 kg. Because most projects using this standard are very limited on cost, it is typically used commercial off-the-shelf components. The standard was developed by Stanford University and California Polytechnic State University as a joint effort. The concept was introduced as an opportunity for universities throughout the world to participate in space activities and give students real space projects to work on.