Selangor Industry University (UNISEL) creates history after becoming the champion of Open Class CanSat Team and the third place in Telemetry Category in International Inter Varsity CanSat Competition in Madrid, Spain on April 2008.
UNISEL defeated 40 other universities from around the world with the satellite Unissat V.1 created by students and lecturers of Faculty of Engineering using nanosatellite design approach.
Professor Dr. Anuar Ahmad, Dean of Faculty of Engineering UNISEL which is the team leader, said Unissat V.1 is designed by six undergraduate students with the supervision of mechatronic department lecturer Zulkifli Abdul Rahman and electronic department lecturer Juwairiyyah Abdul Rahman.
The team took two months to build the satellite with a size as large as a soda can and the electrical system comprises of computer, sensor, power system and telemetry. Unissat V.1 used the microcontroller PIC18F452 which operates at a frequency of 4.0 MHz and a 5V power supply. The satellite will be lifted equipped with a mini parachute.
“The victory brings not only pride to the university, but also lifts the name of Malaysia in the international field of science and technology, especially in satellite research,” said Dr. Anuar.
UNISEL represents Malaysia after winning the Design and Development Program of Nanosatellite Model Undergraduate Level 2007 in National Space Center Banting on 31 January 2008.
Dr. Anuar said, “Mission Unissat V.1 is to capture the ground images, record the position and time information of the images being captured and all these data will be sent to the ground station in real time.”
Unissat V.1 also records, processes and sends the data from the pressure sensor as a reference to be compared with the data from GPS.
The UNISEL team members are Mohd Norhalim Zainudin, Ahmad Danial Ridwan Mohamad Bolhair, Mohamad Firdaus Abdul Hadi, Irwan Rustang, Tan Pei Tih and G Nedunchelien.