Solar Storm

University of Oslo Expands CADSTAR Use to Design Weather Satellite to Research Effects of Solar Storms

Over recent years, we’ve been expanding our support and presence within educational institutions including the University of Oslo in Norway. The Department of Physics has used CADSTAR since 1987. Recently they have made the decision to expand their use of CADSTAR to reflect the market demand for CADSTAR (Price / Performance PCB design) engineering skills in their region. One of their current design projects sees them using CADSTAR for the design of a new miniature space weather satellite called the CubeSTAR mission.

CubeSTAR Mission

CADSTAR is currently being used for the PCB design of a miniature space weather satellite due to be launched in 2013 called CubeSTAR. This new satellite is being designed to perform research on the phenomenon of electron clouds.

During solar storms, turbulent electron clouds are formed in the ionosphere, causing distortion in satellite signals. Research in this area will provide knowledge that the university can later on use in space weather forecasts and to improve equipment such as GPS receivers.

CubeSTAR will measure the structures in the electron clouds and improve the resolution 2,000-fold, from today’s seven kilometers down to the meter level.

CADSTAR is being used by Master Degree students as the main PCB design tool on this project, in collaboration with CADSTAR’s Board Modeler Lite 3D software to work with the 3D mechanical view of the design.

The ELAB (Elektronikklaboratoriet) Degree Program and CADSTAR

Let me tell you a bit more about the students and what they are doing with CADSTAR beyond the CubeSTAR mission.

The electronics design course has been developed over many years and combines classroom work with hands-on tools training. The regular classes use CADSTAR Bronze and Silver packages and we also loan them our high-end applications so that the students can use our latest state-of-the-art technology. At any one time, this can be up to 30 licenses. Students on the Master Degree programs work with the fully advanced packages of CADSTAR.

CADSTAR gives their students the best tools in the industry and, as they see it, are likely to be using after the end of their studies. In fact, I’ve been informed that it is no secret – some of the university’s students have been headhunted for this very reason.

For me, as a manager of the CADSTAR distribution channel it is inspiring to hear about student projects like this – as you might say, the future is bright.

Written by

Jeroen Leinders, born on 16th June 1965 is worldwide CADSTAR Distribution Manager of Zuken. He has been working for Zuken since 1999, first being in charge of the CADSTAR Sales in Belgium and the Netherlands, before being appointed as worldwide Distribution Manager in June 2001. Since then he has been involved in product planning and product marketing of Zuken's PCB Design solution CADSTAR. He has a diploma in electronics and been involved in electronic product design and manufacturing since 1985 and has gathered over 20 years of experience in several positions at various high-tech companies such as Zuken, ACS and Philips.

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