Introduction to the Deorbit Device Competition

UNISEC-Global is a consortium of local chapters (UNISEC-xx) that aim at facilitating university students’ practical space projects such as building and launching satellites and rockets. As a part of space community and as an educational entity, we are responsible for improving awareness of long term sustainability of space activities. For several years, space-faring communities have recognized the mounting risk posed by orbital debris and possible approaches to mitigate the contribution by pico/nano/micro-satellites should be considered, such as devices for expedited or controlled re-entry at the end of satellite’s mission life.

Deorbit Device Competition Overview Deorbit Device Competition Overview


First Place

Membrane Deployment de-orbit System by convex tapes
Noboru Tada, Nihon University, Japan
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Second Places

Deorbit Sail for PW-Sat2 satellite mission – low energy consumption and high efficiency system
Inna Uwarowa, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
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Development of a solid-state inflation balloon for aerodynamic drag assisted deorbit of CubeSats Morgan Roddy, The University of Arkansas,USA
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SSCD: Sailing System for Cubesat Deorbiting
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Federico Bernardi Sapienza – University of Rome Italy youtube link
Specifications of Thin Film Deployment Type De–orbit Device DOM1500
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Hiroki Uto Nakashimada Engineering Works, Ltd. Japan youtube link
Space Fan: A Mechanical De–Orbiting Device System for Satellites
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Mehmet Şevket Uludağ and Boğaç Karabulut Istanbul Technical University Turkey youtube link
ADDUCT: Aerobrake Deorbit Device for a 1U CubesaT
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James Kilroe SpaceLab, University of Cape Town South Africa youtube link
Graphene Foam Deorbit Sail with Failsafe Release Mechanism
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Jürgen Lüdemann Stellenbosch University South Africa youtube link
Development of a solid–state inflation balloon for aerodynamic drag assisted deorbit of CubeSats
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Morgan Roddy The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas USA youtube link
Membrane Deployment de–orbit System by convex tapes
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Noboru Tada Nihon University Japan youtube link
μ–PPI : The smallest Hall effect thruster designed for Cubesats
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Paul Lascombes Ecole Polytechnique France youtube link
Deorbit Sail for PW–Sat2 satellite mission – low energy consumption and high efficiency system
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Inna Uwarowa Warsaw University of Technology Poland youtube link
Cubesat Deorbiting Using Fenix Multipurpose Propulsion Device
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Gonçalo Lopes D–Orbit PT Lda Portugal youtube link
CubeSat Deorbit Device based on combination of gravity gradient tape, aerodynamic drag, electrodynamic tether and ion engine
V. Saetchnikov Belarusian State University Belarus  


Hydronic Deorbit Device (HyDeDe) Nikolay Vedenkin The Moscow State University Russia
Ryerson Orbit Termination (ROT) Module: A Miniature Atmospheric Ion Thruster Tayo Shonibare Ryerson University Canada
Smart De-orbiting System Sivaram SR Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
ESTCube-2 plasma brake module for deorbiting Iaroslav Iakubivskyi University of Tartu, Institute of Physics Estonia
Research and Development of Micro/Nano-Satellite Deorbit Systems Using High-Power Electrothermal Pulsed Plasma Thrusters Ryota Fujita Osaka Institute of Technology Japan
Design of a MEMS based digital solid microthruster device for cubesat Rewanth Ravindran Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
Ion electrospray thruster for CubeSats deorbitation Josué Zabeau, Alexis Noël PolyOrbite from Polytechnique Montréal Canada

Call for paper

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Important Dates

  • November 1, 2015 : Call for papers
  • Extended to 31 May, 2016 : Abstracts submission due
  • June 30, 2016 : Notification for acceptance
  • September 8, 2016 : Full Papers submission due
  • October 20, 2016 : Final presentation in Kamchia, Bulgaria
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  • Objectives

    To facilitate the sharing of innovative solutions for debris mitigation and developing effective deorbit devices that can be demonstrated and validated with CubeSats.

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    How to Apply


    1st place and 2nd place



    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    "Coordination Funds for Promoting AeroSpace Utilization" funded by MEXT, Japan

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