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Small Satellite Technologies: Testing Electronic System, Access to Space

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Nagoya, Japan
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/07/18 to 05/23/18

Program Leader

Name Guillermo Paniagua

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed
Applications for this program have been closed.

Program Description

Join Prof. Guillermo Paniagua and Professor Hiro Tajima of Nagoya University for an exciting study abroad opportunity in Nagoya, Japan.  Topics Include:

  • Micro-satellite Development- Construction of a micro satellite from a kit of components
  • Lecture on Project Management and System Engineering
  • Lecture on Reuseable Space Launchers
  • "Monozukuri" hands-on courses on manufacturing of electronic components (operational amplifier), CAD design, and realization of electronic circuits.
  • Thermal and vibration testing of small satellites and their sensors
  • Lecture on modern technology trends
  • Factory tours
  • Cultural excursions to experience Japanese culture, traditions, and history

Mandatory Requirement include fundamental knowledge of:

  • Mechanics
  • Thermodyamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Electricity with a basic knowledge of Electronics


 Callout on November 8 for all STEP (short-term engineering programs) for spring break and Maymester on November 8, 5:30-7:00, PHYS 114.  Stop by anytime to get information on all engineering has to offer.


Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits of ME 497.  This is a tech elective for ME.  Students in other engineering schools should check with their academic advisor to see how it can be used in their plan of study. 


Open to engineering students with a fundamental knowledge of Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Electricity, and basic knowledge of Electronics.  Contact Prof. Paniagua if you are unsure if you qualify at



Program Cost

Program fees are extimated at $2600 (Eligible students will receive the $1000 Purdue Moves Scholarship off the program fees).  Program fees include:  all Housing, ground transporation, some meals, all excursions on the itinerary, 3 credits, and international health insurance. 

Additional expenses:  Airfare, some meals, Passport and travel documents, and personal spending money. 

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity. 14 spots are available.

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