The Nano-Satellite and Payload Laboratory (UPC NanoSat Lab), located in the Technical University of Catalonia – UPC BarcelonaTech (Campus Nord), is a cross-departmental initiative in UPC. With the design and development of nano-satellite missions as its main activity, the lab is focused on the exploration of innovative small spacecraft system concepts and developing and integrating subsystems and payloads for Earth Observation. The lab’s industry-grade equipment allows for the testing and qualifying of nano-satellite systems in space conditions (up to 6U). In addition, two ad-hoc ground stations have been installed to operate the launched missions.The lab activities cover, among others, the design and manufacturing of satellite systems including: antennas, communication systems, implementation of communication protocols, solar energy harvesting and management, high-efficiency power supplies, software engineering and programming, embedded computers and microcontrollers, satellite payloads, design methods for reliable and testable systems, and the fundamentals of mission analysis.

A nanosatellite developed at the UPC has been placed in orbit with six experiments on board !

The launch, funded by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), took place at 5:30 a.m. from the Sriharikota space base (India) The 3Cat-1 is a small satellite developed at the NanoSat Lab of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Aboard the PSLV-C43 Indian rocket, the satellite has seamlessly …