Satellite Development Track News

Our Current Partners

Partnership is a distinctive feature of the Initiative. The Access to Space for All Initiative is only possible thanks to partnerships with various public and private actors, who are contributing to the initiative in various manners. New contributions to the Initiative are possible and encouraged. Contact us at unoosa-access-to-space (at) un (dot) org

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Access to Space for All and the SDGs

Access to Space for All is key in raising awareness about what space technology can do for the Sustainable Development Goals. Each application for an Access to Space for All hands-on opportunity request the applicants to provide information on how their activity will support the Sustainable Development Goals. To date, UNOOSA has received applications that spanned over the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Examples of how Access to Space for All supports the Sustainable Development Goals are:

  • SDG 4 "Quality Education": Access to Space for All provides educational resources supporting the hands-on component.
  • SDG 8 "Decent Work and Economic Growth": Access to Space for All builds capacity for individuals to access jobs in the space industry.
  • SDG 9 "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure": Thanks to some of the hands-on opportunities of Access to Space for All, institutions create facilities that remain available once the opportunity has been completed.

What is the Satellite Development Track?

The Satellite Development Track offers access to space research facilities, infrastructure and information with the aim of developing technical know-how, engineering processes and infrastructure in the area of satellite development and, promotes international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. The Satellite Development Track under Access to Space for All is a joint initiative of UNOOSA and space agencies, research institutions and industry.

How does it work?

There are several Access to Space for All components serving the Satellite Development Track: A hands-on component, based on opportunities provided by different partners and aiming at providing access to space research facilities and infrastructure to develop technical know-how. A tools component that provides information on open source tools to support the hands-on component and an educational component, which provides the theoretical foundation to fully utilize the opportunities and the tools. Additional components might be added to provide better support to the Member States.
Activities on each component open throughout the year and are available to participants from United Nations Member States.

Hands-on Component

The Satellite Development Track capitalizes on the educational use of CubeSats for building capacity. It helps developing countries gradually acquiring the capability of designing, building, verifying, deploying, operating and decommissioning small satellites in orbit. It also inspires students and professionals to proceed further in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.The opportunities are provided in this Track are provided by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and AVIO S.p.A.

The following are opportunities under the Satellite Development Track

  • PHI: Payload hosting opportunity by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) using the PHI platform, a cost-effective and modular satellite platform that can host multi-purpose payloads.

  • KiboCUBE: CubeSat deployment opportunity by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency using the Japan Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) from the Kibo module on the International Space Station.

  • Vega-C: CubeSat deployment opportunity using a Vega-C rocket in partnership with AVIO Spa.

Education Component

Common Education Resources


Satellite Development Education Resources



Tools Component

This list is work in progress. The tools listed are not endorsed by UNOOSA and are provided only for information. The tools are maintained by third parties. Each user bears sole responsibility for their use and the use of their results.

Design Development and Risk Assessment Tools

  • CARA Analysis Tool Suit
    • Conjunction Consequence Assessment is an algorithm for determining the expected amount of debris production in case of collision
    • Monte Carlo from TCA is a method of determining the probability of collision
    • Single Covariance Max Pc is a method by which the maximum possible probability of collision could be determined for a close approach event for which only one object has position uncertainty information
    • Two-Dimension Pc is a method used to characterize and analyze close approach events and determine resultant probabilities of collision as a result of mitigation actions
  • DAS The Debris Assessment Software
  • DRAMA Debris Risk Assessment and Mitigation Analysis
  • MASTER Meteoroid and Space Debris Terrestrial Environment Reference
  • ORDEM Orbital Debris Engineering Model
  • RABBIT Risk Avoidance assist tool based on debris collision proBaBIliTy
  • Savi Satellite constellation visualizer and maker
  • GMAT Trajectory optimization and design system
  • Trajectory Browser A tool to find spacecraft trajectories to planets and small-bodies
  • GNU Octave Scientific programming language featuring powerful mathematics-oriented syntax with built-in 2D and 3D plotting and visualization tool
  • FreeCAD Computer-aided design software
  • LibreCAD 2D-focused Computer-aided design software
  • OpenSCAD Solid 3D Modelling-focused Computer-aided design softwar

Operations Tools

  • GNU Radio Signal processing tool to implement software-defined radios and signal-processing systems
  • gr-soapy A wrapper for GNU Radio
  • gr-satnogs Telecommunications solution, operating in UHF and S-band. Closely integrated with SatNOGS Network
  • gr-satellites A GNU Radio out-of-tree module encompassing a collection of telemetry decoders that supports many different Amateur satellites.
  • Qubik Pocketqube mission for LEOP satellite identification and tracking
  • LibreCube Software suite for space and earth exploration
  • Polaris Machine learning for exploring and analyzing telemetry data
  • PW-Sat2 Example of an On Board Computer (OBC)
  • LAR-18740-1 Low Fidelity Space Systems Analysis Tools-Solar Cell/Fuel Cell/Battery Sizing Tool
  • Open MCT A next-generation mission control framework for visualization of data on desktop and mobile devices
  • Gpredict Real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction application
  • Operational Simulator for Small Satellites A suite of tools to aid in areas such as software development, integration and test, mission operations and training, verification and validation, and software systems check-out
  • COSMOS Software that provides all the functionality needed to send commands to and receive data from one or more embedded systems
  • Core Flight System A generic flight software architecture framework used on flagship spacecraft, human spacecraft, cubesats, and Raspberry Pi

End of Life and Deorbiting Tools

  • ORIUNDO On-ground RIsk estimation for UNcontrolleD re-entries tOol

Common Tools

  • LibreOffice Free office suite
    • Writer - word processor
    • Calc - spreadsheet
    • Impress - presentations
    • Base - database management
  • Ganttproject Project scheduling tool
  • GNUCash A double-entry bookkeeping system
  • Dia Mind mapping, chart, and diagram creation software
  • GIMP Raster graphics editor
  • Inkscape Vector graphics editor
  • KdenLIVE General purpose video editor
  • ffmpeg Multimedia decoder


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