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Conex Research

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. Visit the official website here:


Find the current introduction sessions on Evenbrite:


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

Neptune, Triton and Planet 9

Get involved!

The topic is "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, ...)

Come along to our introduction sessions:

Progress so far

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
  • Science in films and games - 3. July 2020 - Dr. Erin Macdonald, Sci-Fi Consultant (incl STAR TREK) / U.S.
  • From Microbes to Mars: How can we use bacteria in the search for life beyond the Earth? - 10. July 2020 - University of Edinburgh / United Kingdom (external event by the Royal Astronomical Society)