The Finnish student satellite project
Responsible leader: Prof Jaan Praks (jaan.praks [at] aalto [dot] fi)
Systems Engineer: Antti Kestilä (antti.kestila [at] aalto [dot] fi)
Quality managers: Maria Hieta (maria.komu [at] aalto [dot] fi), Tuomas Tikka (tuomas.tikka [at] aalto [dot] fi)
Payload AaSI Spectrometer (VTT): Antti Näsilä (antti.nasila [at] vtt [dot] fi)
Payload RADMON (University of Turku): Rami Vainio (rami.vainio [at] utu [dot] fi)
Payload Plasma Brake (Finnish Meteorological Institute): Pekka Janhunen (pekka.janhunen [at] fmi [dot] fi)
Aalto-1 is a student satellite project, the first in Finland. The Aalto-1 project started in the beginning of 2010, when a group of students made a feasibility study of the satellite in the framework of the Space Technology special assignment course. Since then the project has created significant excitement among students and teachers alike. New teaching methods have been applied and a significant interdisciplinary co-operation network inside Aalto University has been created.
The miniature 4 kg satellite is constructed primarily as a student project in extensive collaboration with other Finnish universities and institutes.
Finland's first satellite, the Aalto-1, is an ambitious multi-payload nanosatellite mission. The satellite carries three high end innovative research devices: an imaging spectrometer built by VTT, a radiation monitor jointly constructed by the Universities of Helsinki and Turku and an experimental deorbiting device designed by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The multi-stage mission aims for in-orbit demonstration of all those new technologies for further utilization in space.