UNISEC-Global - Past, Present and Future

Kawashima R., Ibrahim M. K., Steyn H., Nakasuka S., Aslan A. R., Cho M.

10th International Conference on Recent Advances in Air and Space Technologies, RAST 2023, İstanbul, Turkey, 7 - 09 June 2023 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/rast57548.2023.10197659
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Keywords: constellation, hands-on training, micro/nano-satellite, university
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC)-Global has contributed to promoting and supporting practical space projects at the university level worldwide. Initially., the university consortium activities started in Japan in 2002., and currently., it has 24 Local Chapters (LCs) and 63 Points Of Contact (POC) worldwide. UNISEC-Global aims to create a world where university students in all countries/regions can participate in practical space projects and provide educational programs such as CanSat/CubeSat Leader Training Program (CLTP), Mission Idea Contest (MIC) for nano/micro satellite utilization. Also, it provides a forum where people can exchange information, knowledge, and views by organizing in-person and virtual conferences/meetings. Recent changes in the space situation caused by mega-constellation missions have impacted university satellite projects. UNISEC-Global needs diverse experts' support, and restructuring the organization is essential to involve all stakeholders. Given the problematic space situations, future directions are discussed, and three proposals, creating working groups, empowering Local Chapters, and launching UNISEC constellation mission(s), are presented.