Small country – small satellites






VesselSat-2 successfully launched with first 2012 spaceflight

On January 9, 2012 03:17 UTC the Chinese rocket Chang Zheng-4B – Y26 has launched VesselSat-2 into a polar orbit. This launch was the first of 2012. Initial tests have shown that VS-2 is in a good state.

The video shows the launch preparation at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre located in the province Shanxi, PR China:

ZY-3 and VS-2 launch preparation

Second satellite integrated on launcher

German Aerospace Centre DLR @ IAC 2011 on the Solar Magnetism Explorer concept study

The responsible research group from the German Aerospace Centre DLR presented at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011 the space system study on solar magnetism which was accompanied by DICA-lab members.

“Besides the design of the two involved spacecraft this CE study was further used to allow observation and evaluation and consequent improvement of DLR’s CE process by a team of outside scientists from the University of Luxembourg.”

Vesselsat-1 successfully launched on 12.10.11

Vesselsat-1 has been successfully launched with PSLV-C18 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and is currently in the In Orbit Testing (IOT) phase.


Talk @ 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011 in Capetown on team learning of space systems engineering teams

“Team learning in space projects – insights from a small satellite integrator”

Moser, H.A.; Max, C.J.; Blessing, L.T.M.

Satellites made in Betzdorf

in d´Letzebuerger Land

Longitudinal case study – shake and bake it –

The project were i am doing participant observation is approaching its finalization. Tests are ongoing and so far successfull.

Analysis of that huge data set is also ongoing with a data collection and processing approach combining the ‘problem trajectory’ [Strauss,1985] approach, the ‘critical situation method’ [Badke-Schaub&Frankenberger,2001], and ‘critical interaction instances’ [Song et al., 2011].


DLR @ DICA lab vol.2

In week 32 (08.08.11 – 12.08.11) we will have extra DICA sessions (data and reading) with our guest(s?) from DLR Bremen

In the reading session we selected three papers which should be available and studied somehow. These are:


Avnet, M. S., & Weigel, A. L. (2010). An application of the Design Structure Matrix to Integrated Concurrent Engineering. Acta Astronautica, 66(5-6), 937–949.

Badke-Schaub, P., & Frankenberger, E. (2001). Analysing and modelling cooperative design by the critical situation method. Le travail humain, 65(4), 293–314.

Goodwin, C. (2000). Action and embodiment within situated human interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 32, 1489–1522.

plus optional:)

Song, J. Y., Kracheel, M., Ziegler, G. D. S., & Moser, H. A. (2011). Critical Interaction Instances in Collaborative Concurrent Engineering. In European Society of Concurrent Enterprising Network (Ed.), 17th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising. Innovating products and services for collaborative networks .


Looking forward to nice discussions with you.


ICE 2011 best paper award