The VKI coordinates the activities of the consortium, the cubesat community, the system engineering activities, the ground segment, procures the main launcher and acts as the interface to the funding source Research Executive Agency. Moreover the VKI develops the technology in-orbit demonstrator cubesat Qarman.




von Karman Institute, Rhode-St.-Genese (VKI), Belgium







Ground Segment



EPFL provides with the EPFL Satellite Control Software that enables the communication of the ground station with a cubesat. It also enables the creation of small ground station networks. Its use is recommended.

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Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland




BIRA contributes to the project computational infrastructure and data processing capabilities




Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA), Brussels, Belgium










Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), University College London, Dorking, UK
MSSL provides with the science units.  The Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometre (INMS) is in-house development. Further sensors such as the multi-Needle- Langmuir-Probe and the FIPEX are procured from collaborating universities (University of Oslo, Technical University Dresden)




Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), University College London, Dorking, UK




IAP support the project with the scientific consulting.




Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Kuehlungsborn, Germany







Space Segment



NPU supports the mission with the coordination of the Chinese and Asian cubesats, a mission control centre. NPU also develops its own cubesat Ao Xiang-1.




North Western Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi’an, Shaanxi,P.R. China




Stanford supports the mission possibly with a mission control centre. Stanford develops its own satellite for QB50 called Discovery.




Stanford University, Stanford, USA




TUD conducts research into formation flying of cubesats.




TU-Delft (TUD), Delft, Netherlands




DLR is supporting the project with studies for the in-orbit demonstration of drag sails.




German Centre for Aerospace (DLR), Bremen, Germany




SSC develops an advanced cubesat attitude determination and control system. In addition it designs and manufactures a technology demonstrating satellite called InflateSail.




Surrey Space Centre (SSC), Surrey, UK







Launch Segment




ISIS is charged with the design and manufacturing of the deployment system and coordinates the main launch campaign. In addition ISIS coordinates the Precursor Launch campaign and the engineering and manufacturing of the precursor satellites.




Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS), Delft, Netherland





SSLLC  supports the projects partners on aspects of the United States authorities and liaises with NanoRacks.





Space Systems LLC (SSLLC), Atherton, USA







Support to Mission Definition and Implementation



Airbus France and Germany support the project with special consulting related to Product and Quality Assurance and System Engineering




Astrium (AST), Bremen/Les Mureaux, Germany/France




ITAM supports the consortium with analyses of satellite aerodynamics and lifetime predictions.




Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM), Novosibirsk, Russia