Development and test of the CKUTEX microsatellite

Jyh-Chin Juang, Yung Fu Tsai, Chiu Teng Tsai, Syh Tsang Jenq, Jih Run Tsai, Chia Ray Chen, Hsu Pin Pan

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CKUTEX (Cheng Kung University Technology Experimental) satellite is an indigenously developed experimental microsatellite that is developed at NCKU under the support and supervision by the National SPace Organization (NSPO), Taiwan. The scope of the project includes the design, analysis, manufacturing, assembly, integration, verification and validation of CKUTEX microsatellite through ground and flight tests. To realize the mission, the CKUTEX microsatellite carries a self-developed space-borne GPS receiver (GPSR) and a digital sun sensor (DSS) as main payloads. The design and fabrication of the satellite subsystems and payloads have emphasized on the build-up of self-development capability in meeting a high-quality and space-qualified standard. The CKUTEX project started in December, 2008 and it has passed the integration & test review (ITR) phase. In the paper, the system requirement and design approach to various payloads and subsystems of the CKUTEX are discussed. The tests of the CKUTEX are then highlighted. Through the endeavor of designing and testing of the CKUTEX microsatellite, not only the design and fabrication techniques are established, but also the experience and capability can then be materialized to support education and training in satellite development and system engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Aviation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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