ESEO Update

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ESEO Project Update – April 2008

 It has been quite a time since the AMSAT-UK European Student Space Orbiter (ESEO) team have been able to provide an update on the progress of this satellite payload and just recently ESA have made a major change to the structure of the project organisation.
The plan has been to develop a package to provide downlink telemetry at 400 bps and provide backup tele-command and ranging facilities for the mission management teams. It would, additionally, provide a 435 to 2400 MHz (Mode U/S) linear transponder using both analogue and DSP based systems.  
ESEO is a 110kg student satellite project intended for launch in to low inclination GTO elliptical orbit.
Until the beginning of 2008 the whole ESEO project had been organised directly by ESA Education Office under the SSETI (Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative) banner but they have now decided to adopt new arrangements.
To quote from the ESA website
” To date, both projects (ESEO and ESMO)  have proceeded in the early phases with a project team consisting entirely of students with project management and ad hoc technical support provided by ESA.

It is now intended to implement a new project team structure for these two projects in order to enhance the educational benefits given to the students and to ensure that the project progresses through major reviews to a successful completion on schedule. The new project structure consists of:
– a System Prime responsible for the system engineering and technical management of the project, the provision of specialist technical advice to the students where needed, and supervising the student AIV(Assembly Integration & Verification) of the satellite at ESTEC.
– a Network of Universities responsible for the delivery of payload items, satellite subsystem items and ground segment systems by their student teams and ensuring the adequate supervision/long-term continuity of the student teams locally.”
What does this mean for our involvement in the project?
The launch date is now not expected to be earlier than 2011.
The process for the appointment of the System Prime Contractor is presently underway and is expected to be completed by later this year.
After the System Prime has been appointed, we will work with them and with ESA Education to ensure that the AMSAT sub-system is available when required by the programme.
Further information should be available in time for the AMSAT-UK Colloquium which is being held at the University of Surrey at Guildford from Friday 25th to Sunday 28th July, see http://www.uk.amsat.org/Colloquium/

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AMSAT-UK website: http://www.uk.amsat.org/