NASA Chooses Prescott Campus Satellite for Space Mission
Prescott, AZ., March 13, 2013
Under its CubeSat Launch Initiative, NASA has selected 24 small satellites, including one designed by a student team at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus, to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets that will launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The winning design proposals came from universities, nonprofit organizations and NASA field centers, all focused on the low-cost development of 4-inch, cube-shaped satellites weighing less than 3 pounds.
The Prescott Campus CubeSat, named EagleSat, is intended to determine the error rates in commercial off-the-shelf electronics parts exposed to space radiation, use precise orbit timing to look at atmospheric drag effects and integrate GPS technology into a CubeSat platform. After a successful launch, the students will conduct technology demonstrations, educational research or science missions.
Of the numerous Prescott students involved in the project, the managers and subsystem leads include Michael Matyas, Ashley Weidman, Aaron Taylor, Marcus Bever, Dadija Bliudzuis, Kevin Jordan, Clayton Jacobs, Joshua Beck, Eric Tomala, William Morse, Steven Walton, Darin Baker and Lisa Ferguson. Their faculty mentor is Jack Crabtree, a retired engineer with decades of experience in the space industry.
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