NanoSat Lab
Service description

The NanoSat Lab at the CTE (IEEC-UPC) is a laboratory of small satellites and payloads, designed for up to 3 U CubeSats and small payloads or subsystems. It was set up by the UPC, and with the sponsorhip of other institutions like IEEC, to achieve educational, scientific and service objectives. Unlike other laboratories working in this area, it offers companies and institutions the possibility of qualifying components for space flight use.

The NanoSat Lab has developed into a facility that is open to students and the scientific community. It also provides services for small and medium-sized enterprises and institutions or groups that wish to launch small satellites into space. The NanoSat Lab is one of the few European installations (outside Barcelona, the closest ones are in Madrid and Tolosa) that has the equipment needed to qualify components intended to be placed in orbit, both technologically and in terms of relevant standards.

Goal: foster university research in space technologies and help development of local SMEs.

Main services:

  • Unique suite of instrumentation and testing facilities all together in Europe.
  • One stop & shop point for basic testing at an affordable cost.
  • Environment that promotes creativity and entrepeneurship.

More information on the NanoSat website


  • Shake table to simulate launch conditions: random vibrations, sinusoidal vibrations, shock. Parameters:

    • Fmax = 7,325 kN peak (sin)
    • 4,100 kN rms (rand)
    • Xmax = 25 mmpp.
    • Vmax = 1.5 m/s
    • Amax = 120 g
    • Amaxshock = 360 g
    • Fmin = 5 Hz – fres = 2.800 Hz
    • Armor = 170 mm.
    • Table = 460 x 460 mm2

  • Thermal Vacuum Chamber (TVAC) – Space simulator

    • Pmin = 10-5 mbar
    • Tmin~80 K (-193ºC)
    • Quartz window for Sun Simulator
    • Quartz window can be covered using high emissivity material
    • Germanium window for temperature imaging (Fluke TIR camera available)

  • Sun Simulator

    • 4 KW Xenon lamp
    • Up to 2 Suns TOA (1 Sun = 1400 W/m²)
    • Intensity monitored and calibrated with piranometer inside TVAC

  • Helmholtz coils with air bearing for: ACS (Attitude Control Systems) design and testing, Magnetic shielding testing, Calibration of magnetometers
  • Gyroscope: Test ACS and mass properties
  • Amateur ground station (co-sponsored by Telecom Barcelona and the Dept. of Signal Theory and Communications)

    • Indicative: EA3RCU
    • VHF (144 MHz)/UHF(436 MHz) & C-band (to be installed)
    • Remote controlled (GENSO compatible, while GENSO was operational)

Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya