BUTCube

small satellite demonstrator

BUTCube is a doctoral student grant elaboreted on Brno University of Technology (BUT). The primary objective of the BUTCube is a development and manufacture of a 1U CubeSat Engineering Test Unit with a scientific mission onboard.

The grant was supported within a project „Quality internal grants BUT“ an OP VVV program (reg. No.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/19_073/0016948).

News

Footage in TV

19.9.2021

On Saturday 11.9.2021, a TV reportage about our BUTCube project was broadcasted within a ČT: Týden v regionech (Brno). Within a TV show named "About science and scientists: Small satellite" we discussed the CubeSats, their opportunities and especially our project´s objectives and vision. Apart from the 3D printed model, the model dispenser is also featured. The shooting was done at FSI and FIT premises on 24th August 2021. Reportage may be found on following link: BUTCUbe in television.

The first 3D printed model!

26.8.2021

Both structure concept proposals were finished and rated based on the featured criterions. During the August, the preferred structural design was printed (1U - 1:1). The model allowed team to test the solar panels mounting and accessibility to the inner HW cage. PLA and ASA filaments were used for the 3D print. At the same time, the EPS (Electric Power System) proposal was finished and documented on 34 pages. Now, it is time to review both HW and structural parts. #thisisdevelopment

Satellite´s preliminary design revealed

1.7.2021

During the last months a preliminary construction concepts were developed. One of the designs proposals is the "Cage" concept. Majority of the electronics and HW are integrated within the cage. This solution provides many advantages - namely the accessibility to the electronics and easy manipulation.

Solar pannels design

1.5.2021

HW group have presented a customized Solar panels design for the BUTCube CubeSat. Currently, the panels attachment to the main structure and components purchaces are being handled!

BUTCube mission brainstorming

11.3.2021

Using MS Teams, a BUTCube-team organized brainstorming was conducted to review the possible mission objectives. Apart from BUTCube´s team members, the Institute of Aerospace Engineering´s Ph.D. students and employees also attended the event. Various topics such as space debris, space rendezvous and Earth observation missions were discussed.

About project

BUTCube is a doctoral student grant elaboreted on Brno University of Technology since 1.2.2021. The primary objective of the BUTCube is a development and manufacture of a 1U CubeSat Engineering Test Unit with a scientific mission onboard. A five member team is composed of Ph.D. students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Information Technology . BUTCube represents a very first CubeSat´s development project on BUT.

Small satellites in a cubic shape known as CubeSats are the unique opportunity to design and execute a relatively low-cost experiments in orbit. BUTCube is an innovative project focused on research of the 3D printed CubeSats capabilities. The mission of a two-year project is to demonstrate the technology adaptation in our academia conditions, to develop a CubeSat´s prototype and to integrate the customized HW and scientific mission oboard. An additive manufacturing implementation for the structural parts, laboratory testing and preliminary flight design definition are goals within a project.

BUTCube: small satellite technology demonstrator development was supported in BUT Ingernal Grant Competition. The Internal Grant Competition is implemented under the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education, within the project Kvalitní interní granty VUT (KInG VUT); reg. number: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/19_073/0016948.

Team

Václav Lazar

Institute of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Since my childhood, I was fascinated with space technologies. In 2018, I was honoured to attend an international ESA training course in Belgium.
Since than, I focus on space equipment testing and thermal analytics. As a team leader, I believe in BUTCube´s mission legacy - in both scientific and educational field.

Tomáš Láznička

Institute of Physical Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

As a member of the team, I participate in the design of the satellite structure, goals of the mission and physical simulation. In my dissertation I focus on microfluidic chips and cryo electron microscopy, I focus mainly on the design. In my free time I dedicate to design and construction of various machines, the cultivation of agricultural crops and fruit trees.

Jaroslav Bartoněk

Institute of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

As a team member, he is responsible for design, load and structural analyses of the cubesat and calculation of the orbit. In his free time, he is a pilot of strange, but lovely flying machines, and a tourist, programmer and occasionally he builds airplane kits. He comes from Brno, Czech Republic.

Petr Malaník

Department of Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Information Technology

As part of the development, I participate in CubeSat hardware and software. Specifically, I work on solar panels, battery / power management and control unit.My area of research is primarily the retina of the human eye, both from a medical and biometric point of view. I am working on a device that is able to automatically scan the retina and propose a diagnosis. In addition, I work on electronics associated with UAV (mainly data collection). In addition to work and research, I spend my time to 3D printing and home automation, I also fly FPV drones which I design and construct.

Štěpán Rydlo

Department of Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Information Technology

Within the team, I focus on CubeSat´s communication, hardware and programming. Apart from my BUTCube activites, I am programmator.

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