Institute for Aerospace Technology

Space Collaborations

The University of Nottingham has extensive experience in collaborating and partnering with academia and industry to further scientific knowledge in fields related to space. At the University of Nottingham, we’re always looking to develop our space projects by engaging with current partners in industry and academia. We continuously seek to identify new opportunities to collaborate with companies and research institutions of all sizes to deliver world-leading research projects.

A small sample of our collaborative projects includes:

WormSail - University of Brasilia

WormSail logo

A 2U CubeSat, the WormSail is a university satellite developed by students and professors from the University of Nottingham and the University of Brasilia. The main mission is educational: to provide a hands-on experience to the students in the complete process of developing and operating a space mission.

It aims to demonstrate in orbit a flight software algorithm to perform packet routing, a set of observation subsystems to collect images and data from on-board sensors, and a new subsystem for attitude maneuvers including a 3-axes magnetorquer and a passive deorbiting mechanism based on Origami-like structures.



AlfaCrux - University of Brasilia

AlfaCrux logo

The AlfaCrux mission is an educational and technological in orbit demonstration of narrowband communication solutions. It is a 1U university CubeSat satellite developed by students and professors from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. It is the first space mission financed by the Government of the Federal District of Brazil through the Federal District Research Support Foundation (FAPDF).

University of Nottingham Assistant Professor Dr Chantal Cappelletti is involved with the AlfaCrux project.

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CubeSat Constellation for Climate Changes - GSL Venture, EnduroSat

The logo for the CubeSat Constellation for Climate Changes (CC4CC) collaborative project.
CubeSat Constellation for Climate Changes (CC4CC) is a collaborative project conducted with GSL Venture and EnduroSat. The project was first proposed by a UoN BEng student and aims to investigate rising sea levels using a constellation of satellites. The mission design and analysis and the definition of the bus systems are the responsibility of UoN students.


Midlands Space Cluster - University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, Midlands Aerospace Alliance, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The University of Nottingham, alongside two other universities and industry partners, has been awarded a shre of £6.5 million by the UK Space Agency to help drive forward the Midlands space industry and develop a space cluster in the region. The partners will work to deliver locally led initiatives that will help the space sector grow by leveraging collective research and innovation capabilities.


Antaeus - University of Beira Interior, University of Oporto

Antaeus is the acronym for Astrophysical Nanosatellite for Technological Advancement and high-Energy Universe Studies. It is a collaborative project between the University of Nottingham, University of Beira Interior and University of Oporto, with the aim to in-orbit demonstrate the use of a new high energy detector developed by University of Oporto.

The UoN students will have the opportunity to cooperate with their colleagues from Portugal and at the same time be responsible of crucial subsystems such as the Structure and the TT&C.


RaioSat - INPE

RaioSat is a satellite proposed by INPE (the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research) and designed in collaboration with NottsSpace. The project has the aim of predicting severe weather phenomena using a Lightning FlashesDetection system developed by INPE and its partners. UoN's role is to act systems engineering team developing the bus and taking care of all the AITV phases.


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