Palamede is an Earth observation small satellite designed by the Politecnico University of Milan, with CGS as support and consultant industry - for scientific, didactic and research purposes. It is an educational program in the frame of industry/university collaborations. Students are able to work on a real project and see the application of theory, while CGS acquires experience in the training of engineers.
Program PalaMede aims to put in a low Earth orbit a microsatellite entirely designed by students inside the Department of Aerospace Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.
PalaMede is an educational program and is intended to be an important chance for
students to apply in practice what they have learned in theory.
Furthermore PalaMede is designed to be a basic platform to test new concepts for future small and cheap satellites.
In particular two basic ideas are leading the entire project: first of all, the subsystems are made by standard components mostly not space qualified, and second, PalaMede will be a multipurpose bus for a wide range of payloads.
Two different payloads are enbarked onboard of PalaMede: one CCD colour camera, which shall take pictures of the Earth, and a solar array with a new kind of triple junction solar cells. Six sun sensors, one magnetometer, three magneto torquers represent the hardware the main 3-axis Attitude Determination and Control System.
|Type / Application:
|Politecnico University of Milan
|Politecnico University of Milan, Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA
|Imager, solar cell experiment
|Solar cells, batteries