University Student - Mentor Satellite Program
CubeSat Project is in development at Stanford University's
Space System Development Laboratory (SSDL) in conjunction
with California Polytechnic State University. The goal of
CubeSat is to provide an effective framework for the design,
construction and launch of picosatellites by students at Stanford,
CalPoly and affiliated institutions. Once completed, the CubeSAts
will deliver small payloads into Earth orbit.
space-related project based learning for interdisciplinary
education (engineering, science, business, liberal arts) greatly
enhances the learning quality for the students involved and
provides both an effective way to do workforce development
for the private and public sectors as well as a means for
doing low cost space research. The CubeSAT Student/Mentor
Provide a template for workforce development programs throughout
the United States. CubeSAT will be coordinated through the
National Space Grant Alliance that has active affiliates in
all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The Western Region Space Grant Consortium will facilitate
and coordinate the CubeSAT Program.
Be structured as a Space Grant professional education
and training program focused on preparing students for high-tech
Develop a student-mentor environment based on aerospace
community-defined needs that balances theory and practical
skills and takes a student through the end-to-end space mission
process in a short period of time;
Bring experienced academe, industry & government
mentors to transfer their legacy to the next generation of
scientists, engineers, and managers;
Provide an effective environment for industry &
government mentors to upgrade their skills;
Bring together State & Federal government, universities
and industry resources and support.
is Stanford University's second Satellite Quick Research Testbed
(SQUIRT). As part of the Space Systems Development Lab (SSDL),
the SQUIRT project exposes graduate level students to all
aspects of satellite design, construction, testing, and operations.
OPAL will be operated from the SSDL ground station, which
is fully equipped to carry out satellite contacts over the
amateur radio satellite bands. After the on-orbit checkout
period, the picosatellite payload will be the focus of operations
followed by an evaluation of the testbed payloads. once all
the experiments are completed, operations will turn to an
extensive analysis of vehicle performance. This will provide
valuable information for future SQUIRT-class satellite development.
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