Booth Space: U10
Alexandria Higher Institute of Engineering and Technology
Booth Space: U10
It is well known that cube satellite is a research satellite(EPS1). In this project, 6-unit cube satellite (6U) is implemented at technology readiness level (TRL) 3. The implementation includes the satellite subsystems and the ground stations. The subsystems are on board computer subsystem, power subsystem, communication subsystem, control subsystem, structure subsystem and payload subsystem. On one hand, the two cameras will increase the swath width during eclipse. On the other hand, the infrared camera will provide imaging at night session the ground station consists of command and telemetry unit. Testing scenario is applied to validate the system mission analysis.
Booth Space: U18
Brigham Young University
Passive Inspection CubeSats (PICs) are 1U CubeSats with omnidirectional camera systems. Immediately after separating from the launch vehicle, they power on and begin imaging the launch vehicle to evaluate structural condition, validate state vector models, identify potential separation debris, and confirm separation. PICs are the safest, affordable solution to spacecraft visual inspection. Their omnidirectional camera system enables them to maintain visual of their target during deployment, without employing GNC systems. PICs will inspect the upper stage of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne in flight later this year. PICs can be stowed on satellites, deep space probes, or manned vehicles for rapid diagnosis in the event of system malfunction. PICs is BYU’s first mission.<p>To train new spacecraft engineers for future missions, BYU’s Spacecraft Club is hosting entry-level competitions, internal subsystem grants, and 1U CubeSat Capstone Teams. See spacecraft.byu.edu for more info.
Booth Space: U13, U14
California Polytechnic State University
The Cal Poly CubeSat Lab started in 1999 with the objective of providing students with the opportunity to design, launch, and operate satellites in an academic lifetime. The Lab has developed and launched 9 different satellites. We are currently developing 7 different CubeSats, 5 of which are due to launch in 2018. Cal Poly’s motto is “learn by doing,” and in that spirit, develops nearly all of our own subsystems in house. Cal Poly is responsible for maintaining the CubeSat Design Specification (CDS), developing and flying the Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD). Cal Poly has successfully tested and integrated 88 CubeSat dispensers for 24 missions on 12 different launch vehicles. The Cal Poly CubeSat Lab has facilities that can be used by commercial companies and government agencies for different services, including environments testing. Cal Poly regularly works with industry on SBIRs and other studies. More information can be found at www.polysat.calpoly.edu.
Booth Space: U17
Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory
The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is a multidisciplinary research and education center with a strong focus on aerospace technologies. HSFL designs, builds, tests, launches and operates microsatellites in the 1-150 kg range for a variety of science and educational objectives. HSFL was established in 2007 within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the College of Engineering (CoE). HSFL is also embedded as a laboratory of the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), drawing expertise from leading planetary scientists at the University of Hawaii.<p>HSFL’s main goals are to 1) Promote innovative engineering and science research for terrestrial and planetary space missions 2) Develop, launch, and operate small spacecraft from the Hawaiian Islands to accelerate the validation of new space technologies 3) Provide workforce training in all aspects of unmanned space missions 4) Establish synergistic collaboration between educational institutions, government, and industry interested in space exploration.
Booth Space: U4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Free-space Lasercom And Radiation Experiment (FLARE) is MIT's AFRL UNP NS-9 entry. A pair of identical 3U CubeSats will raise TRL for two technologies: (1) a full-duplex 1535/1565 nm crosslink laser communications transceiver, and (2) “Sparrow”, a miniaturized particle-discriminating nuclear spectrometer. To demonstrate the lasercom crosslink at >20 Mbps with 200 mW transmit power, the co-deployed CubeSats use differential drag to increase their separation to 500 km. They achieve ~arcsec precision pointing by augmenting the control system with star trackers and crosslink beacons to drive MEMS fine steering mirrors. GPS receivers and RF coordination support orbit determination and drag management. Sparrow uses pulse shape discrimination to identify particle types and energies, valuable for science and documenting health of the lasercom components. Sparrow includes miniaturized plastic scintillators, solid-state detectors, a coincidence detector, and fast ADC readout. The flight design will be presented at the NS-9 PMR in August 2017.
Booth Space: U15
Morehead State University
The Space Science Center at Morehead State University focuses on the development and operation of small satellites. The Center provides Telemetry, Tracking, Command (TT&C) services with the 21-meter Antenna at UHF, S-Band, X-Band, and Ku-bands for LEO missions and TT&C and Ranging services for inner solar system interplanetary smallsat missions. The Center provides spacecraft environmental testing services including: vibration analysis, T-Vac, EMI/EMC, and antenna characterization. The Center’s staff and students have flown several space missions with partners including: KySat-2, CXBN, CXBN-2, EduSat, UniSat-5, T-LogQube (Eagle-1) and DM-7, with other missions in development including Lunar IceCube (slated to fly on the NASA EM-1 mission). MSU offers academic programs including: B.S. in Space Science, B.S. in Astrophysics and M.S. in Space Systems Engineering. Courses are taught by outstanding faculty with industry experience in satellite systems design, defense electronics, and space operations. The faculty includes Professor Bob Twiggs, world-famous satellite engineer and inventor.
Booth Space: U1
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (REVERB)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) became the first high school to deploy a CubeSat into space in 2013. This current group of students have developed TJ REVERB which is due to launch in November 2018. Their goal, while building their 2U CubeSat, was to learn about various types of CubeSat communication and create documentation on building a nanosatellite for other schools to use. Students gained valuable skills in designing and engineering a CubeSat, while practicing the core principles of engineering, aerodynamics, and mathematics. The project was divided into several subsystems and each student lead was in charge of their portion. Additionally, Outreach team strived to reach out on a local, national, and international level to other schools and the community to educate about the CubeSat. TJ REVERB was only possible due to the generosity of its partner companies that provided mentorship and components.
Booth Space: U19
The U.S. Naval Academy Satellite Lab in the Aerospace Department serves students, faculty and staff throughout the Academy, including students in the various Engineering and Weapons Departments. The main focus of the lab is to support small satellite development projects for both students and faculty. While the key objective of the program is education and training of the Midshipmen, the satellite lab at the USNA is also dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research in space system technology. One of the current USNA satellite projects, NSat, will demonstrate on-orbit operation of advanced communication payloads, including a TDRS transponder developed by NASA GSFC.
Booth Space: U11
The University of Cincinnati CubeCats is a student organization dedicated to the education of its members through the development of CubeSats. This year at SmallSat, the UC CubeCats will share their CubeCats Applied Training in Space Exploration (CATiSE) Program – a program designed to teach new members space mission engineering through the construction and launch of high altitude balloons. UC CubeCats will also share progress on their first CubeSat mission.
Booth Space: U2
University of Colorado, Boulder
MAXWELL is an experimental communications 6U CubeSat being developed by a team of graduate students at the University of Colorado at Boulder in conjunction with the 9th cycle of the Air Force’s University Nanosatellite Program. MAXWELL’s mission objective is to demonstrate high rate downlink and uplink capabilities in a small SWaP form factor from orbit. MAXWELL will demonstrate a high gain X-band reflectarray antenna; high rate data downlink and CDMA downlink at X-band; high rate data uplink and CDMA uplink at S-band. The MAXWELL project builds upon and has flight heritage from previous successful University of Colorado CubeSats including CU-E3, QB50, MinXSS, and CSSWE.
Booth Space: U7
The University of Florida booth is here to showcase UF’s three laboratories focused on space systems technologies:<br> In the Precision Space Systems Lab we develop instruments and measurement techniques for gravitational science missions and future satellite navigation systems. On the technological side, our primary focus is on drag-free platforms, precision accelerometers and gyroscopes, and precision timing instruments for spacecraft.<br> The ADvanced Autonomous MUltiple Spacecraft laboratory (ADAMUS) specializes in hardware-in-the-loop ground experiments validating spacecraft relative motion guidance, navigation, and control, as well as proximity operations and maneuvers involving contact (on-orbit assembly, servicing, re-fueling).<br> The Space Systems Research Group (SSG) is investigating issues related to multi-robot cooperation, specifically as it applies to spacecraft. Our more recent investigations are associated with the dynamics and controls of a flying formation of satellites which may be used for either remote sensing or deep space applications.
Booth Space: U3
The University of Georgia Small Satellite Research Laboratory (SSRL) was founded in 2016 as a result of funding for two Cubesat missions, MOCI and SPOC. The SSRL performs research into landscape-scale Structure from Motion with Cubesats, along with developing new hyperspectral payloads to study coastal ecosystem health. The SSRL is also active in community outreach, and runs the premier Cubesat podcast: The Downlink. The Mapping and Ocean Color Imager (MOCI) is part of the UNP-9 program from AFRL and will use an RGB camera to demonstrate that 3D terrain models can be developed from a single Cubesat using Structure from Motion. The SPectral and Ocean Color Satellite (SPOC Sat) will host a moderate resolution hyperspectral payload capable of gathering 60 bands of data between 400-850 nm. SPOC is expected to be deployed from the International Space Station between 2018-2020 as a participant of NASA’s USIP-2 and CSLI-8 programs.
Booth Space: U16
University of Tokyo
Booth Space: U16
Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory (ISSL) at the University of Tokyo has been pioneering nano-/micro-satellites development for 15 years. Starting from the world's first CubeSat "XI-IV" launched in 2003, we have successfully launched seven satellites in the low-earth orbit, ranging from CubeSats (e.g. store & forward experimental CubeSat "TRICOM-1R") to 50kg-class micro-satellites (e.g. high-resolution remote sensing satellite "Hodoyoshi"). Based on these experiences, we have started working on nano-/micro-satellites for deep space exploration. The world's first interplanetary micro-satellite "PROCYON" was successfully launched in December 2014 to demonstrate the 50kg-class deep space bus system. After the success of PROCYON, we have been developing a 6U CubeSat "EQUULEUS" flying to Earth-Moon Lagrange point, which will be launched by the first flight of NASA’s SLS in 2019. Our booth will introduce our current activities and past missions with their on-orbit achievements.
Booth Space: U12
University of Washington
The Husky Satellite Lab at the University of Washington is a student driven program currently made up of around 40 undergraduate students,8 graduate students, and 3 faculty advisers. This interdisciplinary group is housed in the Earth and Space Sciences Department and is slated to deliver their first CubeSat, HuskySat-1, by the end of this year. HuskySat-1 is a 3U+ CubeSat providing a technology demonstration of pulsed plasma thruster propulsion and K-band communication. The CubeSat program, which includes hardware and software being designed, built, and tested almost entirely in house, provides hands on practical learning for all of the students involved.
Booth Space: U9
The Utah State University section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is dedicated to inspiring and advancing the future of aerospace at USU by providing students opportunities for professional development, networking, K-12 outreach, social activities, and competition team participation.
Booth Space: U8
Western Michigan University
Western Aerospace Launch Initiative (WALI) is a student organization at Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Engineering and Applied Sciences developing the Plasma Spectroscopy (P-Spec) CubeSat mission. The mission aims to demonstrate a new, on-orbit probe package technology, utilizing non-invasive, optical emission spectroscopy (OES) of plasma plumes emitted from electric propulsion (EP) systems.