The School of Engineering strengthens collaboration with space industry with Industrial Fellowship

Dr Matteo Ceriotti is one of the nine UK researchers that have been awarded RAEng Industrial Fellowships by the Royal Academy of Engineering, giving him the opportunity to gain industrial experience by working on a collaborative research project with industry. Matteo will work for six months on a collaborative project with Alba Orbital, a Glasgow-based company leading the manufacturing of picosatellites.

The project is entitled “Attitude determination and control for PocketQube picosatellites”. A PocketQube is a standardised, modular platform for miniaturised satellites, with one unit measuring 5 cm3. Dr Ceriotti’s project will develop an attitude determination and control subsystem for PocketQubes, allowing a satellite to be controlled and pointed in the desired direction, such as during Earth observation missions.

Tom Walkinshaw, CEO and founder of Alba Orbital, said: "We are really excited and pleased that Matteo is joining the team at Alba, thanks to the support of the RAEng. This fellowship will allow Alba to complete to world’s first PocketQube-class ADCS, opening a new era of low-cost missions, helping democratise access to space".

Unicorn pocketqube satellite
Engineering model of Unicorn-2a PocketQube picosatellite

First published: 25 June 2018