Aalto-3 Open Source Student Satellite Project

The Aalto-3 is the third member of the Aalto Satellites family. It is a CubeSat with a size of 1U. The goal of the Aalto-3 is to provide an Open Source satellite for everyone, which has been demonstrated to work and endure in the harsh space environment.

Contact information:

Responsible Leader: Professor Jaan Praks (jaan.praks [at] aalto [dot] fi)
Project Leader: Samuli Nyman (samuli.nyman [at] aalto [dot] fi
Project Manager: Alexandros Binios (alexandros.binios [at] aalto [dot] fi)
Systems Engineer: Eric Heung (tsz.heung [at] aalto [dot] fi)


The Aalto-3 is a student project built around Software Defined Radio payload. The satellite is designed to be a 1U CubeSat standard satellite with a mass of 1.33 kg. It is equipped with an UHF command and telemetry link, and a camera as its primary payload. The satellite also carries a wireless bus technology demonstration, and a few structural microphones as its secondary payload. Currently, the team of nearly 50 students are preparing the design, software, schematics and structure for testing and subsystem prototypes. The Aalto-3 will have its Critical Design Review in June, and more information will be available closer to the event.

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