The first satellite from Aarhus University, Delphini-1 is a proof-of-concept project. The main purpose is to assemble, test and operate a scientific satellite.

The satellite is a 10 x 10 x 10 cm Cubesat equipped with a camera and communications gear; the 1U-NanoEye. It will be supplied by the Aalborg-company GomSpace as an assembly kit. A group of our students will be trained by GomSpace to assemble and test the satellite. We will install a control room at AU, and some of the students will be involved in assembling and testing the communications equipment, and operating software to control the satellite and the payload. They may also develop new software and algorithms and design experiments that can be carried out with Delphini-1.


Delphini-1 is a joint effort between three departments of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University:

Department of Physics and Astronomy. Contacts: Victoria Antoci (Project Scientist), Hans Kjeldsen (PI)

Department of Engineering. Contact: Rune H. Jacobsen

Department of Geoscience. Contacts: Bo Holm JacobsenChristoffer Karoff

Students from all three departments can apply for participation in the project.


Students enrolled at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Engineering and the Department of Geoscience are part of the Delphini-1 project.

Everybody is welcome to follow the progress of our exciting endeavour on these webpages.

Below is a short description of the two courses available to students. Click the button for a direct link to the course catalogue.

Delphini-1, Aarhus University's First Satellite

The course will provide an introduction to space systems, the spacecraft and the payload. The satellite integration will include a theoretical part reviewing the subsystems and practical part constituting the satellite integrations. The same will also apply for the ground stati…  

Teachers: Staff from GOMSpace, Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen(ENG), Hans Kjeldsen(PHYS)

Delphini-1, Software and Satellite Operations

This course is linked to the Delphini-1 nano-satellite mission to be launched between February and April 2018 and will focus on the software connected to the satellite. The students will learn how to operate the satellite and its payload, communicate and download data from the satellite, and will…  

Teachers: Staff from GOMSpace, Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen(ENG), Hans Kjeldsen(PHYS), Christoffer Karoff(GEO)