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Joining DTUsat - Q&A

Q: I'd like to join but:


Q: Where can I see what projects are available?



Q: Is my institute involved in the DTUsat project?

Who can join the DTUsat team?

DTUsat consists of various subsystems. Each subsystem will be build by students forming a subsystem group.

To join one of these subsystem groups it is required to have the necessary qualifications. For instance, to build a power system some knowledge on power electronics is needed.

Since all subsystems need to survive the launch and the space environment, a general knowledge of the space environment is also required*. Anybody joining the DTUsat team is required to have a basic knowledge on space technology corresponding to the level of the course Introduction to Spacecraft Systems and Design.


*1. January 2007 Danish National Spacecenter merged with DTU and formed the new institute DTU Space. DTU Space is in the process of formulating a whole specialization within Space Technology. The program will involve hands on courses where susbsystems for DTUsat may be fabricated.

I'm not sure I qualify.

Students with little or no expertise in space systems may start by taking courses in space technology - such as:

31330 Introduction to Space Craft Systems and Design.

DTU Space will introduce a new Master of Science program within the field of Space Technology once this is completed a list of compulsory and desired prerequisites will be available.

The prerequisites for:

31380 Space Craft Instrumentation Systems

may be used as a temporary guideline.


I'm not a student at DTU

Working on the DTUsat project would generally require the students to be present at DTU. However the DTUsat project would strongly encourage any foreign student to explore all possibilities of becoming an exchange student.

Click here to find more information on how to become a student at DTU.

Students from Danish universities may also become guest students at DTU.


I'm afraid it will prolong my study

The DTUsat project is cross disciplinary, which means it's a demanding task to create a subsystem for the satellite. Furthermore extra documentation, manufacturing, testing and review meetings are required in order to successfully complete the mission.

In order to compensate for the extra work involved in the DTUsat project we have made an agreement with the study board, which will allow the supervisors of each project to give ECTS credit for task such as:

  • System Fabrication and Testing
  • Participation in System Engineering Group

In order to gain these ECTS point individual arrangements should be made, in case you have questions contact René Fléron.

We realise that these extra tasks may take time from other study activities - however the experience gained from participating in the DTUsat project is unique.


What will I gain?

The DTUsat project is a unique cross disciplinary project at DTU. It involves electronic design, mechanical design, physics design and software design. In order to successfully complete the mission all subsystems must be customized to operate optimally in concert with the other subsystems using the sparse resources available.

Not only is the satellite going to be launched into space, but the mission of the satellite aims to set new standards within biological research.

Working on DTUsat is the closest you can come to a professional project during your study at DTU and the experience gained is unrivalled.