Mach-21 News



WUSAT Engineer to Develop UKLSL CanSat Ground Station!

We have some exciting news! The University of Warwick will be developing a CanSat ground station for Mach-21. Read more about it below, written by the team themselves.


















We have extended our registration deadline to December 1st 2020!

We understand the disruptions that many students may be facing this year and so have extended our registration period to give students more time to get teams together and begin plans for the event. In addition to this, the deadline for payments has been extended to December 31st, 2020. 

Get in touch if you have any questions, and we hope to see you next July!



It's World Space Week and this year the theme is "Satellites Improve Life". What a better time to sign up for Mach-21!

In addition to our event, there are lots of other activities put together by ESERO-UK and the World Space Week website.

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Event Registration is now open to all universities! 

After consulting with several European universities, Mach-21 is now LIVE for booking.

You can read more about our CanSat and Careers event on the homepage and don't be afraid to get in touch with any questions.

Safura Colette, an electronics engineer with the University of Warwick’s Satellite Engineering Team (WUSAT) is working on the development of an RF receiving ground station that will meet the needs of UKLSL’s new Mach-21 CanSat competition and Space Careers Conference. The aim is to have a generic ground station design available for Mach-21’s first launch event at the Machrihanish Spaceport site, Scotland, in July 2021.

Proposed by Dr. Adam Baker (UKLSL), Safura’s project will be supervised by one of the WUSAT Directors, Dr Bill Crofts. The ground station will be designed to receive signals transmitted from CanSats launched during the Mach-21 event, and that choose to use this method of downlinking their data.


As part of her project, Safura will consider the option of making the ground station receiver switchable in order to receive different frequencies. She will also aim to test prototypes against a range of varying transmission path conditions, and against variable noise floor environments.

As an additional feature, and in parallel with Safura’s work, Bill is intending to develop designs for a transmitter that will emulate an RFID wildlife tag (a ‘pseudo-tag’). This is intended to meet the needs of WUSAT’s current mission, WUSAT-3, which will trial a novel method of detecting wildlife tags from Space without the need for GPS. WUSAT-3 is being designed for launch to the International Space Station for deployment into Low Earth Orbit. Success in this mission could lead to the development of lighter, smaller wildlife tags. Bill will be able test his transmitter designs against Safura’s ground station receiver unit. Safura is expected to move onto the main WUSAT team next year, where she will continue this work on WUSAT-3.

We very much appreciate this collaboration with UKLSL!


Thanks very much to Dr Bill Crofts for providing this update and to the whole WUSAT team!




Bill Crofts (WUSAT)


Safura Colette (WUSAT)



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