The competition starts with the submission of a proposal to design payload/experiment(s) that can solve real-life space exploration problems such as collecting data on the global climate, environmental change and natural hazards.
Winning teams will receive grant funding during two years that will be used to develop the proposed payload idea. Teams willing to participate must send a brief description of their mission concept (< 10 pages), indicating:
A detailed environmental testing requirements document for the payloads will be provided in due course once the satellite launch contract is finalized. However, the QB50 System requirements document provides a good baseline for the preliminary design of the payloads.
In general, COTS components will be utilized for the spacecraft bus, but GRSS is currently exploring to engage other IEEE Societies and their student chapters for the development of some of the subsystems in close collaboration with the payload teams and the integration team in the UAE.
Integration will be performed in the UAE at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC). Environmental tests (vibrations and thermal-vacuum cycling) of the payload can be performed anywhere, but the full spacecraft will be integrated and tested in the UAE. In addition, the testing facilities at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) NanoSat Lab (https://nanosatlab.upc.edu/en/facilities) in Barcelona, Spain are also offered free-of-charge during one week to the winning teams.The general information on CubeSat Design Specification and other details can be found at the following link http://www.cubesat.org/resources/