The National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering on 29 October 2012 launched a new Aerospace Systems Initiative (ASI), which will prepare engineering students for the growing aerospace industry. The ASI will offer a learning pathway for students to design and develop complex engineering systems for special aerospace missions. This pathway will be open to NUS undergraduates across all Engineering disciplines, such as Electrical, Computer, Mechanical and Engineering Science. It will take in 30 to 40 students per year and students will need to possess a passion for design and a keen interest in aerospace systems. They may embark on this pathway during their first year or in subsequent years of study.
Other learning experiences in this track include internships with NASA and other space technology companies, student exchange with foreign Universities which offer space programs, meetings with ex-astronauts and guidance from researchers with first-hand experience in building satellites or airborne radar systems, respectively. Students may also proceed to a PhD research programme upon graduation.
This track now also includes underwater vehicles and unmanned vehicles.
The Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) is responsible for determining and manipulating the orientation of the satellite in space. ADCS uses a variety of sensors and active actuators to give a flexible control in orienting the satellite in addition to a faster and more stable de-tumbling.
The Total Electron Content (TEC) is defined to be the total number of electrons along a path between two points, which in this case is the satellite and ground station. TEC measurement is important for the correction of propagation effects on applied radio systems such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). The TEC payload is a part of NUS' first nano-satellite 'Galassia' developed by undergrad students.
Earth Observation using CubeSats is witnessing an increased demand due to lower operation costs and shorter development time compared to traditional satellites. However, the current CubeSat camera modules lack the high resolution required by its applications. This project uses commercial-off-the-shelf components to develop a cost-effective camera module for Earth Observation with CubeSats.
Bumblebee is a student-run, multi-disciplinary robotics team with students from both the Faculty of Engineering and School of Computing. The Bumblebee team designs and builds Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs) to navigate across oceans independently, from the shore line and the water surface, to deep waters.
Communication systems for CubeSats still lag behind those for larger satellites. The downlink rate of most CubeSats is limited to few kilobits per second while the norm for traditional satellites is hundreds of megabits per second. This project develops a low-cost CubeSat transmitter with a data rate comparable to those on larger satellites.