The Taiwan-Russia collaborative satellite development
project was initiated in Dec. 2005. The objective of this
project was to develop and perform a science mission on
a microsatellite, named ESEMS (Experimental Scientific-Education
Micro-Satellite), among the team members of National Cheng
Kung University (NCKU), National Central University (NCU)
and Lomonosov Moscow State University.
In this project, the main tasks of National Cheng Kung
University include hardware/software development of a
space-borne computer, setup of a ground station, test-bed
of a satellite engineering model, project coordination
and interface integration. The major tasks of National
Central University (NCU) include two scientific payloads,
magneto-resistance magnetometers and electron temperature
probe developed by their in-house team.
The scientific objective is designed to calibrate data
recorded in the 3-6 months period and to derive the magnetic
field based on model corrections and the electron temperature
measurements in the ionosphere. The derived data is used
to observe variations of the magnetic field and the electron
temperature in the ionosphere associated with space weather
and possibly correlated with earthquakes.
The current status of ESEMS is in its early orbit stage.
In this project, to further strengthen the international
cooperation, the NCKU Team will establish a task force
for the ground station to receive telemetry from and transmit
commands to the ESEMS satellite. The science data will
be checked and calibrated by the NCU team.
The milestone meeting and interface control working group meetings：
The kickoff meeting was held on Dec 5-9, 2005 at NCKU,
2nd meeting: 2006/7/4-2006/7/7 at Moscow University,
3rd meeting: 2006/11/21 at NCKU, Taiwan.
4th meeting: 2007/5/21 at NCU, Taiwan.
5th meeting: 2007/10/26 at Moscow University, Russia.
6th meeting: 2008/5/2 at NCKU, Taiwan.
7th meeting: 2008/10/15 at Moscow University, Russia.
8th meeting: 2009/9/15 at NCKU, Taiwan.
Satellite was launched
9th meeting: 2009/10/26 at NCKU,
The system design review meeting was held in Moscow State University on 2006/7/4.
ESEMS Work Breakdown Structure
ESEMS Satellite Design Version A: A preliminary (2006 version) ESEMS design is depicted in which a gravity boom was used.
VersionB: In 2007, a three-axis stabilized configuration was developed to fulfill the requirements in attitude stabilization.
Version C: In 2008, the design was further revised as high-efficiency solar cells was employed.