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Cube satellite research

Studying Cube satellite research with The Open University

The Centre for Electronic Imaging and the Space Instrumentation Group at The Open University have been involved in several Cube Satellite initiatives over recent years. The CEI provided a flight-imaging instrument for UKube-1 and a second instrument for AlSat-Nano, which is currently still in flight operations. We have also performed studies into possible technology and missions for CubeSats both to evaluate new technology, and perform science measurements in space. The Cube satellite research studentship would span a range of activities from development of concepts, to build and design of hardware, and analysis of flight data.

Qualifications available:



For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) degree in physics, electronic engineering or related subject.

Expressions of interest should normally be accompanied by an up-to-date CV.

Current/recent research projects

  • Development of an X-ray camera for the OGRE sounding rocket
  • Development of an imaging camera for UKube-1
  • Investigation of electron multiplying CCD technology for space astronomy
  • Radiation damage in scientific sensors for space
  • Development of CMOS imager for the JANUS camera on JUICE

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 858253

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.