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Conex Designathons

Conex stands for Conceptual Exploration and is an online designathon series, started in April 2020. The goal is to produce mission proposals for different space related topics.

CAD Team

  • Spacecraft design
  • Instrument placement
  • Shielding for temperature, asteroids, radiation
  • Laws of mechanics

Electronics Team

  • Payload, instruments
  • Data handling and communications
  • Propulsion systems
  • Power generation

Science Team

  • Mission statement and science goals
  • Planetary science
  • Astrophysics, astrodynamics, astronomy
  • Orbit design

Management Team

  • Mission profile and timeline of travel
  • Launch / launch vehicles / deployment
  • Cost and risks
  • Sponsoring and funding

Joint Planet 9 and Neptune mission

April 2020 (Current)

The topic will be "Planet 9 and space probes". Planet 9 is an object assumed to be around 20 times further away from the sun than Neptune, meaning it will not reflect very much light making it hard to find. It has also been suggested that Planet 9 could even be a black hole!

The goal is to write a mission proposal and creating a CAD model of the spacecraft. Besides understanding how current deep space missions work and which power supplies are used, we will also focus on the scientific requirements and payload to be used on this spacecraft.

Target group: Engineers and Scientists (Aero, EEE, ECS, MechEng, CS, Physics, Material, ...)

Register for our online sessions in May if you are interested: mission05.eventbrite.co.uk

Lectures / Guests

In the course of the designathons, short online space lectures are organized.

  • Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) - 17. April 2020 - STFC / United Kingdom
  • Satellites ( SAOCOM-1A) and project life cycle - 1. May 2020 -  Faculty of Engineering UNLP / Argentinia
  • Feedback session - 8. May 2020 - University of Leicester / United Kingdom
  • Uranus - 15. May 2020 - University of Maryland / U.S.
  • Spacecraft Mission Concepts - 22. May 2020 - University of Leicester / United Kingdom