The Sheffield University Satellite team “Sunsat” is a multidisciplinary team of postgraduate and undergraduate students from across the faculties of Science and Engineering working together to create Sheffield’s first in-house satellite. It focuses on three core aspects: a) Development of a flexible Cubesat platform for scientific payloads. b) Testing through high altitude balloon flights and rocket launches. c) Education and outreach to inspire the next generation of students. Members of the team bring together knowledge from across the departments to handle all the typical spacecraft subsystems such as systems, thermal, mechanical, telecommunications, attitude determination and control, orbits, command and data handling, electrical power, and structures. The team works closely with members of staff and other teams within the Sheffield Space Initiative to deliver record breaking results, showcasing the University of Sheffield as a space Engineering powerhouse.
For the 2019/20 academic year the team structure was devolved into 3 project streams, each with a respective sub-team leader. These covered the activities of the REXUS/SAC Campaign, the HAB Project, and the Manchester CanSat Competition. Each team was approximately the same size, with between 6 and 10 members each. The team will be re-structuring for the upcoming academic year (2020/21) in order to focus talent and hard work to a single project defined below.
Team SunrIde at The University of Sheffield were founded in 2015 and have had exceptional success in the SAC Competition 2 . For the academic year of 2019/20 Project SunSat and Team SunrIde agreed to enter into a partnership for SAC 2021 Competition. Project SunSat would design, build and test an ejectable 2U CubeSat module that would be deployed from Team SunrIde’s sounding rocket at apogee. This would qualify the team at SAC to enter the SDL Payload Challenge, an attachment to the wider SAC Competition, and allow the team to score a much greater number of points in the competition. The team decided to name the module NOVA I. It was envisioned that any success of such a partnership between these two SSI teams would encourage a greater sense of inter-team collaboration with SSI projects at the university.