From electronics to photonics
In the past couple of decades, the space industry has developed incredibly to the point where even private organisations can make their way to space. One of the many interesting aspects is the use of photonic components instead of electronics. In the region of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, there is a huge industry in photonics. Hence, the best place to further look into the possibilities of photonics in space, is here in Eindhoven, with Aster leading as the space student team
– Aster, Student team from Eindhoven University of Technology
Our goal is to create a satellite to test and increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of several components, with the focus on photonic components, in space.
Aster is about making a place for students at Eindhoven University of Technology to access space more easily. To do this, we want to make space research more accessible and create a place for students to talk space. With a team of 9 students we want to push the limits, and get the first satellite that originated from the Eindhoven University of Technology. We are motivated to better the world using our interest in space.
Hence: Aster consists of two parts: the student team and the space community.
Communicating with existing satellites to gather data and learn the communication in space engineering
A small cubic satellite, which is solar powered and in small orbits. It measures and sends data back to earth using a link with the ground station
Moment of truth, sending the satellite into space and setting the next step in space engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology
Aster is a student team from the Eindhoven University of Technology and currently consists of 17 members. With a multi-disciplinary background, we strive to bring space to Eindhoven.