At the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), students of the Interdisciplinary Space Master (ISM) can handle and develop miniaturised satellites, CubeSats.

Through CubeSats, we can go to space in a way that is more standardised, modular, and cost-effective. Since it became cheaper to develop space-ready technologies, this has triggered an influx of private players into the space sector, said Dr. Jan Thoemel, Head of the CubeSatLab.

In our CubeSatLab, we can teach the ISM students through missions that can actually be accomplished here in Luxembourg.

Over the past year and a half, the CubeSatLab has expanded its infrastructure offered to students with a Helmholtz cage to explore attitude control, a vacuum chamber, a clean cabin and a a sun simulator.

The students are most impressed by the versatility that we have.

We can address most of the aspects of satellite engineering in practice. They can learn attitude control, communication aspects and discover a satellite ground station to communicate with satellites in the orbit. They can get a complete understanding of CubeSat technology here,” said Dr. Thoemel.

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