NEW YEAR LECTURE 2021
“EIRSAT-1 : Ireland’s first satellite“
By Lána Salmon and Rachel Dunwoody,
of Physics Dept. UCD.
7PM Monday 11th of January.
ABOUT THE LECTURE
This lecture will be presented on the ZOOM platform in line with Public Health Guidelines.
The Educational Irish Research Satellite-1 (EIRSAT-1) is a project led by students in University College Dublin, which aims to build and operate a 2U CubeSat. The mission to build Ireland’s first satellite was chosen as part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite! Programme. EIRSAT-1 will provide an in-orbit demonstration of 3 Irish developed payloads – GMOD, a novel gamma-ray detector developed in UCD, EMOD, a demonstration of Irish company ENBIO’s thermal control coatings in space, and WBC, an attitude control algorithm developed in UCD.
This talk will cover the design of the satellite, the subsystems and experiments on-board and our current journey as we begin large scale testing of the satellite.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Lána Salmon is a PhD student in the UCD Space Science group funded by the Irish Research Council.
Lána’s research focuses on gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic electromagnetic explosions in the universe, and the search for counterparts to gravitational wave events. Lána contributes to the on-board and ground communications teams as part of EIRSAT-1 and is passionate about outreach.
Rachel Dunwoody is a PhD student in the UCD Space Science Group funded by the Irish Research Council. Rachel’s research focuses on testing and characterising the gamma-ray detector, GMOD, on board EIRSAT-1.
She also contributes to the development of the operations manual for EIRSAT-1 which contains the procedures to command and control the satellite while in-orbit.