Document Type

Poster

Journal/Book Title/Conference

National Conference on Undergraduate Research; Weber State University Spring, 2012

Publication Date

4-2012

Faculty Mentor

Jan Sojka

Abstract

The exploration and study of space is critical for the future of our society, but the opportunities for educational institutions to get involved in space research have faded dramatically in the last decade with the retirement of the space shuttle program. The USU Get Away Special (GAS) team is designing a new, low cost solution to space research, CubeSat (Cube Satellite). This small satellite, with a volume of approximately one liter, will have a high resolution camera directed at earth, and students will be able to request a picture of their area when the satellite flies overhead. In this way, students will have an eye-in-the-sky to help them be a part of space research. The GAS team expects this project to increase interest in space research and provide an affordable solution for future projects.