Welcome at the Homepage of the PACE Nanosatellite Project!

The PACE project is to develop a 2-kg cubesat to demonstrate attitude determination and control capability in space. The PACE project starts in 2002 and the PACE cubesat is launched in 2014. Over more than ten years, students at NCKU under the guidance of Professor Jiun-Jih Miau and Professor Jyh-Ching Juang have been devoted to this project through various analysis, design, manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test campaigns. In the early years, this project is supported by the Ministry of Education. Indeed, the project is a direct outcome of a web-based satellite systems engineering course. The students were able to finish the critical design review in 2005 led by then system engineer Mr. J. K. Tu. A highlight in this period is that the team was honorably mentioned at the AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites in 2004. In 2006, Mr. A. Scholz became the PACE system engineer and a redesign was conducted to strengthen the design and streamline the process. This eventually resulted in the manufacturing and testing of the PACE engineering and flight models. In this period, NSPO provided supports in satellite testing and technical consultations. Since 2012, the last touch of the PACE project is led by Mr. Y. P. Tsai to complete the software development, conduct end-to-end test, and integrate the PACE flight model to the launcher adaptor. During the final integration and launch preparation stage, the support from MOST (NSC) is indispensable. The launch fee of the PACE is provided by the NCKU.

The abbreviation PACE stands for Platform for Attitude Control Experiments, and as such it shall serve for the in-orbit investigation of different strategies (i.e. control laws) for attitude determination and control. A miniature momentum wheel had been produced specifically for this mission as well as digital sun sensors. This momentum wheel, along with other sensors and components developed at the PACELAB of NCKU are integrated into this small 2kg nanosatellite for evaluation in space.

More than 60 students have participated in the PACE project. These students come from Taiwan, Germany, France, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

The PACE team gratefully acknowledges the support from:

  • National Cheng Kung University
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • National SPace Organization, Taiwan






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