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Ambitious mission defined for the next TU Delft satellite: Delfi-n3Xt

On Thursday February 21th a meeting between students and staff of the faculties of Aerospace Engineering and EEMCS resulted in a definition of the mission for the second satellite in the Delfi programme.

The new satellite is planned for launch in the first half of 2010 and will set a new standard for university built satellites with the implementation of innovative technologies. It will advance the existing Delfi-C3 technology with the addition of 3-axis attitude control, high speed data communication and a battery system for eclipse operations.

Furthermore, five exciting innovative payloads will be onboard. These payloads are: a micro-thruster system from TNO, TU Delft and UTwente, a multifunctional particle spectrometer from Cosine Research BV, degradation research on solar cells from DIMES, a high efficiency transceiver from ISIS BV and a data storage experiment from NLR. This set of payloads establishes an exciting combination of space-qualification and scientific research in a nanosatellite of only 30 cm x10 cm x10 cm. The name “Delfi-n3Xt” relates to the 3 unit CubeSat size (as in Delfi-C3), 3-axis (3X) attitude control and the fact that it is the “next” satellite.

The mission will provide many opportunities for students at the faculties of AE and EEMCS to perform their MSc thesis on a real space project.

The mission statement:
“Delfi-n3Xt will be the world’s most advanced nano-satellite, gathering scientific data related to space radiation and providing in-orbit testing and qualification of innovative technologies.”

If you are a student who is interested in such an exciting thesis, do not hesitate to contact the Delfi-n3Xt team!, please visit


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