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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






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:


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Sparkler

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

Water Rocket

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.