In the year 2000 there was a proposal from the European Space Agency (ESA) to involve young students in space projects. This proposal was named SSETI (Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative) and it's aim was to gpoup universities along all Europe, creating teams that will be able to design, build and launch satellites. The difference was the next one: all the project will be developed by students, helped by ESA's experts and university proffesors.
Due to the huge ammount of work to get the resources and to manege the SSETI work in Zaragoza, APSIDE association was created a couple of years later. Inmediately we start to think in parallel activities related with space, like ESA's projects divulgation in hight schools, even in our faculty in order to know people that would like to be part of this project.
27th October 2005 was the date of the first satellite launch, named SSETI Express. Our team had more than 200 entries in press, radio and TV. This fact shows the great importance of the event. Nowadays there are over 20000 internet entries with the name of SSETI Express.
During all this time APSIDE has participated in 4 Student Parabolic Flight Campaigns, another ESA's initiative for student. It consists in develop an experiment inside a zero-gravity plane. There are about 20 seconds of ingravity conditions in each parabola.
Moreover, APSIDE has participated in 3 IAF congress, has organized 2 international and 2 national congress, has received 5 colaboration opportunities with the astronomical observatory "El castillo" in Borobia (Spain), has contributed with Joaquín Roncal center to the development of scientific divulgation. Although, we are participating in SSETI project and in our faculty activities, educational peojects...
Nowadays, APSIDE is working on designing the second SSETI satellite, named ESEO (European Student Earth Orbiter), which is planned to be launched in the year 2009. Our team make the orbit calculation of the satellite and the mission viability studies.
APSIDE has been preselected to participate in ESA's Success project, consisting in the experiment design for the International Space Station (ISS), if we are selected, of course.
Recently, we have joined to a great spanish association, named LEEM (Space and Microgravity Experimentation Lab). Thanks to this joining, we'll be part of a global student network along some of the most important spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Zaragoza) with students of many other scientific and technical degrees. Moreover, we'll make the calculations of the mission analysis for the new spanish cubesat, called LEEMSat. The LEEMSat I consists in the development of the first CubeSat of the association and it will be the base for the future development of picosatellites and to promote the universitary cooperation for this kind of big projects.
Even so, our association is open to new challenges in space sector and to any project that any student of the Science faculty wants to develop. We'll be pleased to give the necesary resources and, of course, all our experience.
We have lots of future goals, but we need you, so you are invited to join us!