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The Danish Student CubeSat Program DISCO reveals mission patch

For the last months, the Danish Student CubeSat Program (DISCO) has been running a competition for students to design the most awesome mission patch and we are now very excited to announce the winner. The winner mission patch was created by Marc Breiner Sørensen.

 Marc’s winning mission patch shows some of the important aspects of the DISCO project, such as the launch with the Falcon 9 rocket and a CubeSat. Another nice twist to the design is that the Earth below is a giant disco ball. DISCO is a collaboration between four Danish universities –  Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark and the IT University of Copenhagen – and their initials have also found their way to the mission patch.

 Last Friday, Marc, who study physics and astronomy at Aarhus University, received his award for the most awesome mission patch: an Astro Pi kit consisting of a Raspberry Pi 3, a Sense HAT card with a number of built-in measuring instruments, a camera and a power supply. Photo: CK

The first three CubeSats in DISCO are funded by the Danish Industry Foundation and the first of these will be launched by Momentus next summer. The mission patch designed by Marc is for the overall DISCO program. Later, it is foreseen that the individual CubeSats in the DISCO program will get their own mission patches in addition to the DISCO patch.

Danish Student CubeSat Program

DISCO is Denmark’s national CubeSat program and is a collaboration between by Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark, IT University, the House of Natural Science and the Danish Industry Foundation as well as a number of space companies including GomSpace and Space Inventor to give students the opportunity to work with science and space technology in a practical way.

The goal is to increase the number of candidates from danish universities with competences within space. To do that we want to use CubeSats to increase the interest in STEM and space from Danish high-school students. The aim of DISCO is therefore to have a continuous series of students CubeSats from Danish universities. We have received 4.25 MDKK form the Danish Industry Foundation to secure the launch of the first three.

In order to increase the interest in STEM and space among Danish high-school students, we will build a number of mobile ground stations and develop a teaching program that will allow high-school students to communicate with microsatellites.

You can read more about the project at discosat.dk and at our facebook page.