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CubeSat Project
Faculty of Engineering and Research Institute
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

The first guatemalan satellite. Student project from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala















With the support of:

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Background: NASA

About

What is a Cubesat?
CubeSat are nanosatellites programmed to perform a specific task. They have been developed for several years, some as student projects to learn the process involved in the development of aerospace technology.






Source: UVG

¿What is the mission of the CubeSat we are developing in UVG?
To evaluate and integrate the different systems that make up a CubeSat to develop in Guatemala the skills required for the operation of satellites, while remote sensing elements are validated, e.g. for monitoring cyanobacteria in Lake Atitlan, in future satellites.

Who are involved in the project?
Students, professors and engineers from the Mechanical, Mechatronics and Computer Engineering departments of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Why a CubeSat?
Because it is a way of showing that Guatemala has the ability to develop technology for the benefit of our country and scientific community in general.

Background: NASA

Phases














































Phase 1 (2014)



The project begins. Preliminary design of systems and mission definition. At the end of the year, results are presented in the 1st Latinamerican CubeSat Workshop, in Brazil.





Phase 2 (2014-2015)



The first prototype is built.




































Phase 3 (2015-2016)



Iterations: adjustments and modifications to the original design.


Screen image: NASA



Team

Phase 4 (2016-2017)

- Marvin Martínez. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-module: Systems Engineer
- Daniel García. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-module: Power
- Roberto Rossino. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-module: Testing systems
- Jonatan Lara. Mechanical-Industrial Engineering Student. Sub-module: Structure and thermal control
- Byron García. Mechanical-Industrial Engineering Student. Sub-module: Structure and thermal control
- Miguel Zea. Mechatronics Engineer. Sub-module: Attitude Determination and Control
- José Bagur. Mechatronics Engineer. Sub-module: Communications
- Fernando Medrano. Mechatronics Engineer. Sub-module: Communications
- Daniel Orozco. Computers Science Student. Sub-module: Command & Data Handling
- Luis Duarte. Computers Science Student. Sub-module: Command & Data Handling
- Santiago Solórzano. Computers Science Student. Sub-module: Payload

Phase 3 (2015-2016)

- Javier Alay. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Communications and Project Management
- Erick Rodas. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: On-Board Computer (OBC)
- Antonio Muñoz. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Payload
- Kevin Barrios. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Power
- Jonatan Lara. Mechanical-Industrial Engineering Student. Sub-module: Structure and thermal control
- Byron García. Mechanical-Industrial Engineering Student. Sub-module: Structure and thermal control
- Johan Birnie. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-module: Testing systems
- María Lee. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-module: Testing systems
- Moris Polanco. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-module: Testing systems
- Santiago Solórzano. Computers Science Student. Sub-module: Sub-Module: Payload and Web Page

Phase 2 (2014-2015)

- Kevin González. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Power
- Rodrigo Avelar. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Attitude Determination and Control
- Sergio Argueta. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Payload
- Jorge Escobar. Mechanical Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Structure


Teams Phase 2 and Phase 3
From left to right, standing: Sergio Argueta, Kevin Barrios, Juan Carlos Molina, Víctor Ayerdi, María
Fernanda Lee, Moris Polanco, Santiago Solórzano, Rodrigo Avelar, Johan Birnie. Seated: Javier Alay,
Luis Zea, Antonio Muñoz, Kevin González, Jorge Escobar.

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Phase 1 (2014)

- Juan Molina. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Attitude Determination and Control
- Emilio Miranda. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Structure
- José Pérez. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Power
- José Flores. Mechatronics Engineering Student. Sub-Module: Communications


Team Phase 1
From left to right: Juan Carlos Molina, Emilio Miranda, José Flores, José Pérez


Teams Phase 3 and Phase 4
From left to right, standing: Byron García, Javier Alay, Jonatan Lara, Luis Zea (on lap top screen), Luis Duarte,
Víctor Ayerdi, Roberto Rossino, Antonio Muñoz, Marvin Martínez. Seated: Erick Rodas, Santiago Solórzano,
Daniel García, Daniel Orozco.

Project Coordinators

Victor Ayerdi
Head of Mechanical Engineering Department
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

Luis Zea, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Departament
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

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Student Advisors:

MSc. Eduardo Álvarez
MSc. Carlos Esquit
MSc. Roberto Saravia
MSc. Manuel Ruano
Ing. José Sánchez
Ing. Kurt Kellner
BS Angel Menéndez
MSc. Erick Tijerino

Aknowledgments:

- Dr. Sebastian Smith
- Dr. Philipp Hager
- Dr. Scott Palo
- Dr. Sergio Montenegro
- Dr. Julio Gallegos

Sponsors

This project is possible due to the contribution of:

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Publications

Zea, L., Ayerdi, V., Argueta, S., Muñoz, A. (2016). A Methodology for CubeSat Mission Selection, (accepted for Publication, Journal of Small Satellites)

Molina, J.C., Ayerdi, V., Zea, L. (2016). Attitude Control Model for CubeSats, 2nd Latin American CubeSat Workshop, Florianopolis, Brazil, February 28 - March 2, 2016.

Zea, L., Microbiological Experiments Onboard CubeSats – A Review and Prospects, IAA-BR-14-13-03, 1st Latin American IAA CubeSat Workshop, Brasilia, Brazil, December 8-11, 2014

Miranda, E., Flores, J., Molina, J.C., Perez, J., Ayerdi, V., Zea, L., Design and Development of Guatemala´s first CubeSat, IAA-BR-14-05-06, 1st Latin American IAA CubeSat Workshop, Brasilia, Brazil, December 8-11, 2014

Zea, L., Ayerdi, V., Argueta, S., Muñoz, A., CubeSat Applications and their Potential Benefits, IAA-BR-14-03-02, 1st Latin American IAA CubeSat Workshop, Brasilia, Brazil, December 8-11, 2014

Contact

For information and sponsorship:

Ing. Víctor Ayerdi
Head of Mechanical Engineering Department
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
(502) 2368-8334, Ext. 21354
vhayerdi@uvg.edu.gt

Luis Zea, Ph.D.
Professor Mechanical Engineering Department
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
lpzea@uvg.edu.gt

satelite@uvg.edu.gt