Velcrosat- Small solutions to big problems

Velcrosat Small solutions to big problems


VelcroSat is creating a set of picosatellites (small 10x10cm 1-kg CubeSat) to test concepts for orbital debris removal. The VelcroSat project is student-lead and student-run, advised by our AE Faculty but driven by the concepts the students have researched and designed. The team goals are to complete their initial design selection by late 2014, pass a CDR (Critical Design Review) provided courtesy of a Capitol adjunct who is a NASA engineer, then move into the build and test stages over the next two years, aiming for a launch in the 2015-2017 timeframe. VelcroSat involves students from all majors and disciplines Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Astronautical engineering. AE majors lead concept design, EE majors craft the picosat internals, computer science majors tackle the programming needs, and business majors provide management and tracking to keep this team functioning amidst the usual hectic pace of student life. Our goal is not just to work on a future-looking space issue, but also that the VelcroSat students will be able to say that, during their time here, they had hands-on work with genuine space hardware intended for orbit. Capitol is happy to work with corporate partners as we move along in the VelcroSat challenge.

Club Officers Fall 2014

Faculty Advisor: Prof. Alex Antunes
President: Carlos Del Cid
Vice President: TBA
Secretary: TBA
Treasurer: TBA

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Title Description
NASA's CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI) provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.
Planetary spacecraft originally tended to be large missions. NASA’s New Frontiers and Discovery program enabled a series of lower cost missions that can be compared to personal computers to do the same job. 
The CubeSat concept and program started in 1999 at the Space Systems Development Laboratory of Stanford University. The idea was to meet an educational need to define a meaningful satellite mission that could be developed within a timeframe of a year or two, be of very-low cost, and be of very low mass for reduced launch costs. It turns out that picosatellites offer very promising scenarios to demonstrate new small-scale space technologies and mission concepts.
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