UNISEC 2014 – second edition

Space industry has entered a new era, with projects led by private companies and universities. Since 1962, Planète Sciences is certainly a pionneer with this trend, while proposing students and young engineers to develop their rocket, stratospheric balloon or CanSat project with constraints similar to thoses imposed in the aerospace industries. But the trend has been growing rapidly.Today’s students are imagining tomorrow’s idea of space, and it is very different from the unchanging practices that have ruled for the past six decades! Payloads and platforms are shrinking in size and weight, but at the same time growing in usability and technological contents. Project life cycles are changing as well: in-orbit projects phase-out fast, but the time it takes to operate them is even more fast!

In this context, UNISEC (University Space Engineering Consortium) has set itself this goal, globally :

By the end of 2020, let’s create a world where university students can participate in practical space projects in more than 100 countries

Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) is a leader for space engineering, in Japan and in the world. Planète Sciences and CNES several times awarded prizes to Kyutech students who developed rockets to launch at C’Space.

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Ninja – the award wining rocket from Kyutech, launched at C’Space 2011. Photo: DVP / Planète Sciences

This year, Kyutech will host the second UNISEC Global Meeting from November 15th to 20th. Players in space education as well as university projects from all over the world are invited to the gathering. More details are available in this pamphlet : 2ndUNISEC-GlobalMeeting

End of November, Kita Kyushu will definitely be the place to learn about worldwide university students’ rocket and satellite developments !

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