UCAnFly’s dream of launching a satellite is one step closer with the electromagnetic compatibility test campaign 13 February 2023
UCAnFly is the first nanosatellite designed and developed at the University of Cadiz, Spain, and is part of the third edition of Fly Your Satellite! an educational programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) that gives university students the opportunity to design, build, launch and operate real satellites. Three students from the University of Cadiz team participating in this European programme have travelled from Cadiz to the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands to carry out tests on their payload.
The UCAnFly CubeSat is a unit (1U, with dimensions of 10x10x10cm) with the mission to enable the in-orbit validation of a magnetic measurement subsystem, MELISA-II, based on chip-scale magnetoresistive sensors with dedicated low-frequency noise reduction techniques. This technology will be particularly useful for space missions requiring highly stable measurements of magnetic fields with low-noise conditions at millihertz frequencies, such as future space observatories for gravitational waves, like LISA, or space atomic interferometers.