Monday, 14 April 2008

UNISEL create history defeated 40 universities

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.

4 comments:

Learner said...

Do u have the thorough information about this competition? From the information, I get from the official website, http://www.leem.es/cansat/?page_id=12 , all of the other teams are from Spain. Is there any university from other country?

US also have their own CanSat competition and so with Japan.
http://www.cansatcompetition.com/Main.html
This is about US CanSat competition.

Without the participation of these top universities in the world, I really suspect the overall quality of this competition.

Yap Wen Jiun said...

I actually translated the news from a Malay newspaper. I did try to check for information in the web but I can not even find the page you found. Since I am the team adviser for MMU team in the competition in Malaysia, I do know that the winner in Malaysia will have a chance to compete internationally with the endorsement of Malaysian Space Agency.

Learner said...

All the components (circuit board, sensors and so on) are given by ANGKASA? Or u guys design and fabricatue urself? It sounds interesting.....

But why this competition only open for universities in central malaysia? USM, UTM, UniMAP and others cannot participate?

Yap Wen Jiun said...

The 1st SiswaSat competition is more like a trial run for ANGKASA and therefore they will only make it small. Since it is quite successful and therefore they have mentioned that it will open to all universities for the 2nd SiswaSat competition onwards.

The main components are given, which includes 1 main board and the RF circuits to transmit. Participants have to work on the sensors part, the parachute, the structures and the programming.