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Since the advent of CubeSat spacecraft, universities and private entities have been successfully designing and launching satellites at a fraction of the traditional cost. These satellites still accommodate useful scientific payloads. Another recently established satellite format is the PocketQube (PQ)-one eighth the size of a CubeSat – with the aim...
Space weather refers to “conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and the thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems and can endanger human life or health” [National Space Weather Program, 1995]. Of particular interest are the effects caused by...
The Astrionics Research Group, or Astrea for short, is a research group established by the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering in 2015, and is now a rapidly growing team of academics, support engineers, research students and contributors from various other Departments and Faculties that share an active interest in applied electronic systems research and development for the space environment. The research group is currently involved in the design and construction of Malta's first pico-satellite - the UoMBSat1 - in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, Gauss Team Srl, and the Malta Radio Amateur League (MARL).