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【中大新聞】第13期:Smallsats making a big breakthrough: GISS student joins international team to win first place at the UNISEC Pre5th mission idea contest.

Smallsats making a big breakthrough: GISS student joins international team to win
first place at the UNISEC Pre5th mission idea contest.

Ms Duann Yi, a graduate student at the Graduate Institute of Space Science(GISS) at
NCU, teamed up with fellow students William Evonovsky from the University of
Colorado and Kaustubh Anand Kandi from the Indian Institute of Space Science and
Technology(IIST) to participate in the Pre5th Mission Idea Contest(MIC) established
by University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC) in Rome, Italy, at the end of
2017. They proposed the idea of a satellite constellation for ionosphere exploration
by combining Taiwan’s FORMOSAT-5 with IDEASSat(Ionosphere Dynamics Explorer
and Attitude Subsystem Satellite)/INSPIRESat-2 and INSPIRESat-1 of the
INSPIRE(International Satellite Program in Research and Education) global
Collaboration Program. The idea won first place of the Pre5th MIC!

“In the field of contemporary space science, smallsats are an innovative
breakthrough and are gradually being taken seriously around the globe and in
relevant industries,” said Dr. Chang Loren, Associate Professor of the GISS at NCU.
Duann Yi’s work exceeded Dr. Chang’s expectations. She visited the United States
and collaborated with students from the U.S. and India as part of the INSPIRE
consortium. Within two months, their team proposed the project and passed a
rigorous design review. During the execution of the project, the most challenging
part lies not only in utilizing in space science and engineering, but also in
interdisciplinary knowledge and adaption to the communication in different
languages. However, with the devotion of time to data collection and unceasing
discussion between team members and international scholars and experts, the
international team gave a brilliant performance in the end. Such collaborative
learning methods and projects wil not only have an influence in academic circles, but
will also cultivate new talents with practical abilities who can help to expand the
capacity of the aerospace industry in Taiwan.

“if you are enthusiastic about stepping into the field of space science and
engineering, then devote your time and effort and do your best, and you will
definitely achieve your goals,” said Dr. Chang.