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The Aerospace Engineering department of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN) is the only Aerospace Engineering Master program in Austria. More than two dozen internal and external lecturers ensure a program of the highest quality. Our internal staff consist of experts with many years of experience in industry or research agencies. Our external lecturers are experts from well-known companies, research entities and agencies such as Diamond, IWF, Austro Control etc. Lecture contents are therefor state of the art. For more information about the Aerospace Engineering program please click here

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CubeSat Program of the FHWN

The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN) and its Aerospace Engineering Program are dedicated to providing their students the best possible education. Being an applied science university also means offering students ample possibilities apply and practice their knowledge.

One of those possibilities is the CubeSat program of the Aerospace Engineering department. Established in 2011, we have already developed and launched one CubeSat, named PEGASUS, and are presently preparing the next one, called CLIMB. CLIMB shall be launched in 2021/22 and, using the advanced IFM propulsion system, will travel into the Van Allen Belt.


21. February 2020

New collaborations

We are very happy to announce two important collaborations we were able to establish in the framework of our CubeSat program. In order to boost our […]
19. February 2020

OBC Tests

In the near future CubeSats will be used extensively for missions far outside of Earth’s protective magnetic field. The accumulated radiation dose the satellites must endure […]


The Aerospace Engineering department has several facilities dedicated to the development and assessment of CubeSats including a Helmholz coil and an ADCS testing facility for subsystem testing. A vibration table and a thermal vacuum chamber for environmental testing are also on site. The testing facilities of our R&D subsidiary FOTEC are also used. For more information about the facilities or if you are interested in testing possibilities, please contact us.

Thermal Vacuum Chamber (TVC)

To verify functionality of the CubeSats in vacuum and under the harsh thermal conditions in space, the TVC allows thermal cycling of test subjects with a size of up to 3U CubeSats. The TVC can cycle a subject between -30°C and up to +80°C at a pressure level of at least 6.0E-6 mbar. The cooling and heating rate is at least 1.4°C/min and 2.3°C/min respectively. [Image: TVC]. A large testing facility with higher heating and cooling rate is available at FOTEC.

Vibration testing

To ensure that CubeSat survives the tremendous loads during launch, a vibration facility simulates those loads to verify the structural design. A small vibration facility allows a resonance frequency assessment of objects with a weight of up to 2.5 kg and a complete vibrational assessment (quasi static, sine vibration, random vibration) of test objects with a weight of up to 0.6 kg. A larger testing facility for objects up to 18 kg is available at FOTEC.

Sun simulator

Determining the power capability of a solar array (or satellite) is essential. The sun simulator at the FHWN consists of two special light sources which generate light of the same frequency and intensity as the Sun does for Earth in its orbit. This facility also has the possibility to rotate the satellite around two axes in order to assess the power generation capability not only under static but also under dynamic conditions. (e.g. rotating satellite).

Helmholz coil

Earth’s magnetic field can be used to sense the alignment of a satellite as well as actively control it. In order to do so, one needs sensors and actuators (i.e. magnetotorquers). Both have to be developed and calibrated. A Helmholz coil is the ideal facility to do so. The Helmholz coil facility has three computer controlled magnetic coil pairs and a robotic arm to automatically scan the volume of interest and measure the magnetic field within this volume.