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Batterery Characterisation and Modelling

"Characterisation, Modelling and Management of Lithium-Sulphur Batteries."

PhD Thesis - Dr. Claire Elizabeth Parfitt (2012) in association with ABSL Space Products (File)


Conference Presentation- WUSAT-3 BCUR (British Conference of Undergraduate Research). Manchester Met, March 2016

Title: Mapping Interference Patterns to Aid Conservation, using a CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit

Authors: Sean Perry ( and Thomas Harris (

"A CubeSat is a small satellite divided into units of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm dimensions, developed to allow affordable missions into space for research and education institutions. The Warwick University Satellite (WUSAT) team is in its 10th year of development, and is beginning on its most exciting endeavour to date- a CubeSat launch from the International Space Station (ISS). This mission will be the first for the University of Warwick to be launched outside of Earth's atmosphere.
New environmental factors are considered in designing and deploying a CubeSat into extra-terrestrial conditions, such as radiation in space. Not only is this the first WUSAT mission to be launched into space, it will also be the longest mission to-date, likely exceeding a month in duration. Due to this, factors such as battery life are determined and methods of recharging are adopted where appropriate. The payload for the CubeSat- prepared in collaboration with Roke Manor Research Ltd- will map interference patterns for a predetermined frequency of radio wave. The frequency desired is currently used by the ICARUS antenna on the ISS for tracking microchips in migrating birds and animals, for the purposes of conservation. The technology is known to have "blind spots" around the globe. The intention of this CubeSat project is to locate and record these, and investigations can then be carried out to determine why such "blind spots" exist."


Poster- WUSAT-3 BCUR (British Conference of Undergraduate Research). Manchester Met, March 2016

Title: Engineering a CubeSat for Launch from the International Space Station

Authors: Stephen Betts (, Antoni Panczenko (, Rokas Lemesovas ( and Kalen Sabnis-Thomas (

"CubeSat technology was developed to allow affordable access to extra-terrestrial missions for scientific research. In its 10th year, the Warwick University Satellite (WUSAT) team is at the start of its 3rd generation, and developing a CubeSat for launch from the International Space Station (ISS). The WUSAT team will continue to build upon well-established connections with industry sponsors while designing a CubeSat for manufacture.

The payload will be developed in collaboration with Roke Manor Research Ltd. A frequency monitoring antenna array will be deployed, with image-capturing hardware, with the intention of mapping the interference of a desired frequency of radio wave as the CubeSat orbits the Earth. The mission duration will be at least a month, dependent on orbital decay, and so power capabilities and rechargeable solar panels are considered. Full system scheduling must be designed, along with thermal analysis of the entire CubeSat unit to validate the satellite for use outside the atmosphere. Wireless communication will be used to transmit processed data back to Earth for analysis. This will develop a bigger map of the interference energy levels at the desired frequency value, with potential to link to ICARUS on the ISS and monitor animal migration via smart tags. Both applications have significant third-party interest."


WUSAT-2 ESA Symposium, Norway, June 2015

"WUSAT-SOLSPEC Rexus 17 Experiment: Measuring Atmospheric Quantities of Oxygen and Sodium"

Proceedings 22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, Tromso, Norway, June 2015. WUSAT-2 Team. (File)