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Help us send a cubesat where no cubesat has gone before!

While new space firms set their sights on the Moon, mars, and beyond, the opportunities for students to experience space technology are still lacking. This project is an amazing chance for our team of talented young scientists and engineers to get hands-on experience with real space technology. All of this while sending a small satellite into orbit around the moon, what's not to love?

Thank you for your interest and support. Please continue to follow along as we take our cubesat from the drafting table to lunar orbit.

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Help UW Get to the Moon and Beyond!


We are looking to raise funds to support the UW CubeSat program in the construction of a small satellite. These funds will enable an entry from UW to participate in the NASA Centennial Cube Quest Challenge, with the ultimate goal of winning one of three spots on the 2018 launch associated with the Orion Capsule to fly around the moon. The first evaluation, called a "ground tournament," is in August of this year. 


Who We Are

The University of Washington CubeSat program is a new student driven program aiming to compete in the NASA Cube Quest Challenge. Our program is composed of an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as interested faculty members. While the bulk of our members have backgrounds in engineering or science, an interest in space exploration and a the willingness to contribute a few hours of time are the only requirements to participate.


Core team members with plasma propulsion in 3D printed 1U CubeSat and sharing our excitement about Space at the Enumclaw STEM Expo in February of 2015.

What We Do

We are seeking to design, build and fly a small satellite called a CubeSat that is able to go into orbit around the Moon or possibly reach Earth escape velocity and head towards the asteroid belt. We seek to utilize new technologies in terms of communications and propulsion to achieve this very ambitious objective. This work could set the groundwork for new space exploration efforts beyond low Earth orbit if it successful.The program at UW is designed not only to be competitive in this challenge, but also to provide valuable hands-on experience to the students involved and to create partnerships within the community. 

Project Objectives: 

Funding for our CubeSat initiative will provide
Education: 
This effort will give students at UW a unique opportunity to go beyond classroom activities to gain experience in developing a cutting edge system that can have impact for not only their careers but also play a role in the next steps for space exploration. 

Innovation 
Given our ambitious objectives of achieving Lunar Orbit and Earth escape velocity, we need to develop and adapt new technologies, specifically in terms of communications and propulsion. This work could set the groundwork for new space exploration efforts beyond low Earth orbit if it successful.

Community involvement
    • Collaboration with local partners in industry
    • Keeping the community involved through progress updates on our social media outlets
    • Outreach activities like the Enumclaw STEM Expo
    • Public presentations, such as Seattle Town Hall 
    • The chance to send your name into Space!

What Your Help Means:

Buying many of the necessary systems commercially could easily drive our costs up beyond $200,000 and would also limit students’ educational gain. Instead we are working on developing many of these systems in-house. Support of the program would allow students to develop a non-space rated version of the system to test and validate all the technologies in a fully integrated prototype. This preliminary design would allow us to participate in the ground testing competitions of the NASA Centennial Challenge with the intention of converting this ground system to a space-system in the next few years. Systems, with approximate costs (and "reach" costs if we raise more than our goal) include:


What is this "Cube Quest Challenge"?

The challenge is designed to drive innovation in communication and propulsion for small satellites, or CubeSats, with $5 million in prizes to be awarded to teams throughout the challenge. This includes four pre-launch “ground tournaments” where prizes are awarded to teams deemed most likely to succeed, and larger prizes for completing challenges after launch, More information can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/cubequest/details/ .

Partners

A number of local Washington aerospace companies have pledged support in the form of consulting, collaboration, and materials.

Wide Open Space

This is a great opportunity for the UW CubeSat program to grow further into its full potential, and we would like you to be a part of it. Everybody is invited to follow our progress on Facebook, and we will recognize donors proudly through our donors list. Also note that 100% of donated funds go directly to funding this project. We hope you’ll join us in this exciting venture to open up big spaces for small satellites!
 
 

Students discuss what motivates them:

“Simply, the fact that if we succeed, or fail in the attempt, we will have been part of team that accomplished something that would have been unimaginable just 75 years ago.”   -Devin Saywers

“Our CubeSat project is especially exciting because it gives students the opportunity to work on a space-focused mission and involves collaboration between the several different component teams. Developing the systems for a space-based environment is an exciting and fascinating challenge.”  -Philip David






Special Thanks To Eagle Harbor Tech 

  Published on Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015 at 08:12 PM (PDT)
Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. has  just joined the ranks of our company sponsors! We have a long history of working with EHT, and really appreciate their support. 

Thank You!

The Final Countdown…. last day to donate! 

  Published on Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015 at 03:27 PM (PDT)
That’s right! the end is in sight and we have less than 24 hours left to our funding campaign. Unlike the “7 minutes of terror” that the Mars Rover Curiosity team experienced during the landing phase, we have some control over the finale of our campaign, and you can be involved, too.

Please use this last day to rally up one more round of donations and spreading the word about our project. The donations page  closes at precisely 11:59 Pacific time.

One last big thanks to all of our supporters; your confidence in our project really means a lot to us. 

5, 4, 3, TWO days remaining! 

  Published on Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015 at 02:47 PM (PDT)
We are now only two days from the conclusion of our crowdfunding campaign. This project is not only a way for students to get valuable hands on experience, it could also lead to innovations in small satellite space exploration and bring prestige to the University of Washington.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch our video on the campaign page, please go check it out. We also ask that you make and final donations to put us at our goal, and/or share this with friends, family, and colleagues in person or via social media channels.

Thanks again for sticking with us as we close out our campaign.
Here’s the link for sharing 
http://uw.useed.net/projects/213/home.

Only 3 Days Left! + Match Offer 

  Published on Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015 at 02:35 PM (PDT)
We have only three more days to raise money for our CubeSat project. Getting the final way to our goal will mean we have the funds to flush out our prototype for the August competition, which will be a big step towards getting our CubeSat to space.

Also, we have a match offer of $250. If you'd like to meet this match, donate and email northway@uw.edu. We'll feature your donation in our next update!

Please help us bring the campaign home with a last minute donation or social media shout-out.

A big thanks for all the support that has gotten us this far.

Special Thanks To Avaliant LLC! 

  Published on Monday, Jun. 15, 2015 at 04:32 AM (PDT)
We'd like to give a big thanks to Avaliant LLC for their generous donation to our campaign. The support of our friends at Avaliant make up a whole quarter of our current "reach goal," and, just as important, we're very excited about local companies involved in aerospace showing interest in our project. With so much support, our CubeSat program is looking to have a bright future!

$10,000 Raised, Reach Goal of $12,000 Announced 

  Published on Monday, Jun. 15, 2015 at 04:45 PM (PDT)
Thanks to all of our great supporters, we've reached our initial goal of $10,000! You may not have noticed, but in the budget, there are a variety of "reach goals," which will help us get ahead of the game. We are pleased to announce that our first reach goal is at $12,000. This extra $2,000 is enough to pay for a pointing control test-bed, which will allow us to better test our position determination and how well we can change that position.
Check out our highlighted reach goals below:



Friday Funding Challenge! **Updated 

  Published on Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015 at 01:46 AM (PDT)
** In part thanks to 2 matches to our challenge of $250 or more by anonymous sponsors, we've more than surpassed our challenge. With less than $600 left to our goal, can we set the bar higher and reach that by the end of the day?**

To boost our momentum going into this last week of our campaign, a sponsor has challenged us to reach $9,000 by the end of the day tomorrow (Friday). If we can realize this goal, this sponsor will reward our progress with a $250 donation!

Like our facebook page and donate 5$ to show your support, or match this sponsor and challenge others. Whatever you do, help us bring our campaign home on a high note this last week!


Aerojet Rocketdyne/ GenCorp Contribute to UW Race to the Moon 

  Published on Friday, Jun. 5, 2015 at 07:09 PM (PDT)
I wanted to thank Roger Myers at Aerojet Rocketdyne and Juanita Garcia at GenCorp for providing sponsorship to our program. It means a lot to the students that a leading aerospace company is interested in supporting their efforts. Thank you so much!!
And we are now at 3/4 of our goal.

Robert


15 days down, 15 to go 

  Published on Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015 at 04:33 AM (PDT)
At the end of the first half of our fund-raising period, we have raised $5,410.This is 54% of our $10,000 goal. This will allow us to flush out individual parts into full subsystem prototypes. Here are some fun facts about our project
  • Washington is in the minority of states which have not yet launched a student built CubeSat
  • Our team includes undergraduate and graduate students from over 7 different departments
  • If we are in the top 3 of the final round of the Challenge, we win a free ride to Space with the Orion Mission!
Today was also the final day of our CubeSat ESS490 class. We had 4 phenomenal presentations on the work our undergraduates have achieved over the past 10 weeks. I was impressed, and here's a photo of our propulsion group in action:


Statistics show that most campaigns see a dip in activity during the middle of campaign. Please help our campaign be an outlier and keep the momentum going by sharing our campaign with your network, both in person and online.





After just one week.... 

  Published on Tuesday, May. 26, 2015 at 04:34 PM (PDT)
In just our first week of fundraising, your generous donations have totaled up to $3,800!

This is 38% of our $10,000 goal, with a total 56 sponsors launching 3 sparklers, 15 water rockets, 7 hobby rockets, 20 high-power rockets, and 1 sounding rocket. It’s been quite a show so far. Even these funds will be a major boost to our program, and as Philip David says, “Developing the systems for a space-based environment is an exciting and fascinating challenge” Please share in our excitement by donating, sharing our project, or simply following along with our progress at https://uw.useed.net/projects/213/home and https://www.facebook.com/UWCubeSat. And look for an upcoming article in The Daily about our project.

Thanks!


Great News! We Are 31% Funded! 

  Published on Thursday, May. 21, 2015 at 11:50 PM (PDT)
Thanks to all our great supporters, we have raised over 30% of our goal after just 3 days! This show of support has really inspired our team, as these funds enable them to build what they previously only had on paper. Please help us keep the momentum going, why not shoot for 40% in 4 days? Let's do it! 

We really appreciate every single donation, and we hope you’ll be able to help us further by sharing our project with anyone who might be interested in the work we’re doing.

For sharing via email or social media: 
https://uw.useed.net/projects/213/home
and FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/UWCubeSat

Day Two Challenge (Completed) 

  Published on Wednesday, May. 20, 2015 at 04:33 PM (PDT)
Big News!**
In an effort to keep the momentum from our first day going, one of our donors has generously pledged to donate the last $200 needed to get our total to $2,000 if we can reach $1,800 by the end of the day. We're already so close... Help us rise to the challenge!

If you have an interest in pledging your own challenge or matching funds, Please contact northway@uw.edu.
**We completed this challenge with time to spare. Thanks Everyone for your help, and special thanks to John Sahr for the fun challenge and generous donation.




Our Campaign Has Launched! 

  Published on Tuesday, May. 19, 2015 at 04:11 PM (PDT)
Our UW Race to the Moon crowd-funding campaign has just been launched.

Over the next 30 days, we’re hoping to raise $10,000 to enable our cross-department, student driven program to compete with pride in the first evaluation of the NASA Cube Quest Centennial Challenge, to design and build a small satellite capable of long range communication and the propulsion necessary to get into orbit around the Moon or beyond.

Once you check out our campaign video to learn more about our project, we invite you to participate by donating, following along with our progress, sharing our story, or any combination of the three!

Access and share our campaign via email and social media at https://uw.useed.net/projects/213/home and https://www.facebook.com/UWCubeSat.

Thanks,UW CubeSat Team

The UW Race to the Moon Crowd-funding Campaign Launches Tomorrow! 

  Published on Monday, May. 18, 2015 at 07:02 PM (PDT)
Tomorrow we’ll be launching our 30 day crowd-funding campaign named UW Race to the Moon.

This campaign will raise funds to help us build prototype parts for a small satellite with the intention of competing in the NASA Cube Quest Centennial Challenge. The chance to be involved in sending something to space is a different and exciting opportunity for our members, and we’d like to share that excitement with you. Throughout the Challenge, we’ll be striving to incorporate leading edge technology in our own designs in a highly cost effective way.  

Stay tuned for our official launch and then check back for updates as we progress. You can access and share our campaign through https://uw.useed.net/projects/213/home.

Thanks for reading!

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Make an Impact

Sparkler

Give $5

Knowing we have your support sparks our creativity for innovation, and allows us to buy the basics: wires and tools

Water Rocket

Give $25

Your support gets us off the ground 150ft or so- weight and size are a big issue so we need to go lean and the estimated mass is crucial for the orbit calculation: Personal Thanks from Team

Hobby Rocket

Give $50

Reach upwards of 500 ft. We can now start prototyping CubeSat subsystems. Some of these include: power systems, cameras, communications, and propulsion

High-Power Rocketry

Give $100

Achieving 2,000 to 50,000 ft of altitude. Integrating and consolidating the various subsystems into a the tiny CubeSat form factor takes time and multiple revisions.

Sounding Rocket

Give $500

You're half way to space with ~150,000ft of altitude! Testing in low temperature and low pressure environments is a must, as it helps eliminate many problems which can occur in space

Space Shuttle

Give $1,000

Congratulations on reaching Low Earth Orbit; the ISS is around 250 miles above the surface of the Earth. Some expensive components, like high efficiency space rated solar panels, are simply beyond our ability to build.

Atlas V

Give $1,500

The Atlas V rocket launched the most recent US mission to orbit the Moon. A donation of this amount could buy us time to use the Deep Space Network to verify that we are in orbit around the Moon.