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Masterclass Videos 2020
Masterclass Videos 2019
Masterclass Videos 2018
Masterclass Videos 2017

Masterclass 2020

In this new Masterclass, Dr. Nick Crisp from the University of Manchester summarises the challenges and opportunities of designing satellites for and flying them in very low Earth orbit (VLEO). A similar lecture was held by the project’s scientific coordinator,  Dr. Peter Roberts, at the beginning of the project in 2017 (, so it is of particular interest to watch this new Masterclass in light of the huge steps forward that the DISCOVERER team has made since then.

Masterclass 2019

In this Masterclass, DISCOVERER coordinator Dr. Peter Roberts and space-engineer Francesco Romano describe the reasons behind the project, the progress made, and critical design decisions.

For this Masterclass, we invited Prof. Dr. Holger Kersten from the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), to speak about diagnostics of ion-beams for space propulsion and industrial surface processing, including plasma/surface interactions, sputtering effects, non-conventional plasma diagnostics, calorimetric (thermal) probes, interferometric force probes, and some elegant experiments conducted in his laboratory. Quite fun!

In this Masterclass, Prof. Dr. Dhiren Kataria from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) at University College London (UCL) speaks about the use of different mass spectrometry technologies in very low Earth orbit (VLEO) and the scientific reasons challenges behind that. With a special focus on the technology used for the DISCOVERER project, he elaborates on electrostatic analyzers, magnetic analyzers, combinations, and analyzers that can identify different particle species!

Masterclass 2018

Watch the new DISCOVERER Master Class Video on “CubeSat – Attitude and Determination Control System”, presented by Leonardo Ghizoni, GOMSpace.

In this Masterclass, Leonardo Ghizoni, a system engineer and project manager at GOMspace (Denmark), explains the details of a “CubeSat Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP)”, using the GOMX-4 twin satellites (constellation) as an example.

Dr. Eelco Doornbos, an Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and invited guest speaker at the 3rd General Assembly (GA) Meeting of the DISCOVERER consortium, uses elegant videos and animations to explain the physics of the Earth’s thermosphere, magnetosphere, space weather, and satellite aerodynamics based on empirical data derived from the GOCE, SWARM and CHAMP satellite missions.

In this Masterclass, the DISCOVERER consortium member Priv. Doz. Dr.-Ing. Georg Herdrich from the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) provides expert insights into advanced propulsion, new technologies, and future space travel plans. Enjoy!

For this particular Masterclass, the DISCOVERER consortium invited the experienced CubeSat engineer Prof. Dr. Mykola Nickolay Ivchenko from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden to tell his “SEAM story”, meaning the complete story of the CubeSat SEAM from the initial concept, over design, engineering, and troubleshooting, all the way to the launch day! Surprises included…

Masterclass 2017

In this video, the project’s scientific coordinator, Peter Roberts, explains the basics of satellite technology, and, in specific, very low earth orbit (VLEO) technology, as part of the 2017 DISCOVERER Masterclass programme.

Dr. Nick Crisp teaches the basics and an example of spacecraft system modelling as part of the 2017 Discoverer Masterclass programme.

Santiago Perez explains the different orbits, and various markets and uses for Earth observation technology as part of the 2017 DISCOVERER Masterclass programme.

In this video, Daniel Garcia-Amiñana describes ‘Business Model CANVAS’ and explains how much, in fact, we can learn and apply from successful business models in seemingly unrelated areas, as part of the 2017 Discoverer Masterclass programme.