ASAL engineers are winning with EcoBelt-Sat1 project

A multidisciplinary team of international students from the University of Beihang (China), made up of four (4) engineers from Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), received two awards at the International Collegiate Spacecraft Innovation Design Contest (ICSIDC) which was held at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Heilongjiang Province, China in late 2018.

This competition was hosted by the Chinese Astronautics Society (CSA), the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities (ASRTU), Harbin Institute of Technology, Bauman State Technical University Moscow (UEBM). It was organized by the Harbin Institute of Technology and Shanghai Institute of Aerospace Control Technology. Forty-seven (47) teams from several countries including China, Russia, Poland and Belgium took part in the final competition.

The four (4) Algerian are Mrs. Arezki Faiza; Mr. Kerrouche Kamel Djamel Eddine; Mr. Adnane Akramet Mr. Nahar Salaheddine of the Algerian Space Agency Satellite Development Center (CDS/ASAL), of different specialties (electronics, computer, automatic and astronautics).

The second prize of this prestigious competition ICSIDC 2018, valued at $ 3000, rewards this team for its work done relating to the engineering model of the nano satellite “EcoBelt-Sat1” under the project named “Monitoring Air Pollution and Detecting Renewable Energy Areas among the Belt and Road Countries with a CubeSat”.

This project is in its last phase, aims to achieve two (02) payloads:

  1. the first payload is designed to determine the effect of the transboundary air pollution flow, thus providing a better understanding of climate change and global warming;
  2. the second payload is based on the GNSS-R reflectometer. the experiment aims to highlight the capabilities of the GNSS signal reflection observation system, in particular to derive geophysical parameters from ocean / land surfaces and wind speed.

These two (02) payloads will provide data that will be used for the implementation of renewable energy projects, particularly those related to wind and solar systems.

In addition, another award was won by this team for the project entitled “Nano Satellite Design for Transportation System Management and Risk Detection for Belt and Road Countries”.

The nanosatellites EcoBelt-Sat1

This project consists of designing a constellation of eight nanosatellites through cooperation between universities and institutions in several countries. It is a question of studying the feasibility of setting up a communication system with the low-cost constellation (VHF / UHF) for two main applications:

  • Management of marine navigation, land transport system and possibly the aircraft monitoring system;
  • Detection of natural hazards and management of an effective emergency plan.