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Building 1U CubeSat as a Tool to Promote Project-Based Learning in Paraguay, a Case Study

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Design Courses 2, Aerospace Assets

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Aerospace

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Diversity

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10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36759

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https://peer.asee.org/36759

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Cristhian David Coronel Nihon Gakko University

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I am a Electromechanical Engineering student, currently developing my final project in order to graduate. I find space development and technologies very fascinating, as well as innovative solutions to any engineering problems.
I am looking forward to extend my knowledge and experience about new technologies and the development for a better and processing future.

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Mayra Luján Mosqueda Nihon Gakko University

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I am a student at Nihon Gakko University, I am currently finalizing the final degree project for the Electromechanical Engineering program. I am interested in technologies and I believe that dedicating to the technologies that relates to aerospace science can maximize capacity building.

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Blas Fernando Vega BV Agencia Espacial del Paraguay

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Mr. Blas Vega was born in Asunción-Paraguay. He had graduated from the Faculty of Polytechnics at the Asuncion Nacional University. His major was in Electronics Engineering, with an emphasis on Industrial Control Systems. After graduation, he worked for ABInBev Company and CocaCola Company as an instrumentalist.
In 2018, Mr. Vega was admitted to a graduate school at the Gulich Institute, in the Argentinean Space Agency (CONAE). Currently, he is enrolled in a Master of Science program in Satellite Instruments, expecting graduation in 2021.
Now working in research projects at the Paraguay Space Agency.

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Diego Herbin Stalder Universidad Nacional de Asunción

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I'm currently working as a full-time researcher at Asuncion National University, Engineering School (FIUNA). I'm teaching also C/C++ programming and physics at the engineering school FIUNA. We have several research projects on Space Engineering and Deep Learning Applications.

I obtained my Ph.D. at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), where my research was focused in two main projects: (i) Bayesian Surface Photometry Analysis and (ii) the study of the Environmental effects on galaxies probed with MAGGIE.

I started my Ph.D. in 2013 under the supervision of Reinaldo R. Rosa and Reinaldo R.Carvalho. Thanks to the Brazilian Science Without Borders Scholarship and Gary Mamon (my advisor at the IAP) I was working at the IAP as a visitor.

Before, I obtained my BA in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Asunción (UNA). My final year project: Optimal boundary control parareal algorithm for cooling electronics circuits, developed under the advice of Christian E Schaerer. In 2013, I obtained my MSc degree in Applied Computing and Mathematics at INPE with the project: A new gravitational N-body GPU simulator for Computational Cosmology

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Jorge H. Kurita Universidad Nacional de Asunción Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0141-5171

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Dr. Jorge Kurita attended Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Paraguay, where he got his BS in Electromechanical Engineering. After graduation, he spent some time in academia working as faculty. During this tenure he taught courses on heat transfer, fluid mechanics and physics. In 2004 Dr. Kurita was granted the Fulbright scholarship to attend a graduate program on Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He has finished his MS and then continued with a doctorate program. His doctorate research was funded by NASA and the NSF. Dr. Kurita's contribution to his field was well published in several papers from high impact journals.
From 2011 Dr. Kurita worked as a development engineer II, in the competitive automotive industry, Filtran LLC, located in Des Plaines Illinois. His experience as an experimental researcher helped Filtran to develop special testing techniques never implemented before on filtration systems. In addition, Dr. Kurita worked in the CAE group, contributing to develop simulation techniques to help develop state of the art filtration systems.
From 2016 Dr. Kurita is back to his alma mater as an assistant professor in Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. Later the same year, he is appointed to lead the research department of the School of Engineering. From 2017 he is appointed to be the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. He is currently working as the director of the Planning Directorate of the Paraguayan Space Agency.

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Abstract

In this work, the design and build of a nanosatellite as an effective STEM teaching tool is presented. Encouraging project-based learning in Paraguayan schools, on such an attractive topic, would give the advantage of inspiring local students from 2 to 4 years engineering colleges into space technology, and by doing so, capacity building. Space activities in Paraguay began officially in 2017, from the creation of its local Space Agency. This satellite prototype will provide new research interests to different local universities, never existed before, and enable joining Paraguay to the New Space race worldwide. Introducing the state of the art technologies will allow international networking; hence, encouraging local talented young students with great expectations to get involved in this field. This work contains nanosatellite construction practices for developing a didactic module, which may also be used to develop industrial automation concepts, focused on students of a higher technical and engineering degree. The product aims to demonstrate the usefulness of project-based learning and what the concept of developing space systems such as CubeSat implies in a country with no satellite experience. Applying low-cost, free-source hardware and software, students seeking to reduce production costs and, at the same time, improve their performance, acquire basic but fundamental knowledge about administration and project management. The practice modules ensure controlled conditions for testing and product development in a multidisciplinary environment. High-performance, low-cost platforms increasingly introduce the global tech market while open-source software, such as My Open Lab counterparts Arduino - Raspberry Pi style hardware. This type of technology is still not widely spread in Paraguay. Educational modules are a great way to gain experience in this kind of platform applications. Therefore, a student who has developed skills in utilizing open-source hardware and software and puts it into practice, even in a didactic module, would grant him a competitive advantage in the local industry. That is the great advantage of learning by doing in a controlled environment supervised by instructors.

Coronel, C. D., & Mosqueda, M. L., & Vega, B. F., & Stalder, D. H., & Kurita, J. H. (2021, July), Building 1U CubeSat as a Tool to Promote Project-Based Learning in Paraguay, a Case Study Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36759

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