Cliff here. I'm the chief engineer for this awesome project. I'm a mechanical engineering student in my senior year here at LeTourneau, trying to break that old saying that "the sky's the limit."
I think I can get away with telling you some of the our history and progress so far...
It all started back in March, when I had the crazy idea to build a satellite. I talked to a lot of people about it, recruited a few, and listened to a lot more. Amazingly, no one said no. The idea pushed forward. We recruited some outside industry support, which helped us enough to figure out where we should go next. This was the point when there were a lot of "things we do not know we don't know," as former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said it.
Over the summer months, progress steadily progressed. We slowly figured out some of what we needed to know. We traveled extensively attending conferences and conventions for satellite developers, hosted by NASA, Auburn University, Cal Poly, and others.
In August, we recruited a full team of 15 other engineering students. I think it's safe to brag on them a little... They're downright awesome at their jobs. I'm glad I don't have to build this satellite without them! Soon after, we finalized the mission of our first satellite, which will be used to demonstrate GPU-based artificial intelligence hardware. Yeah, I know that sounds pretty sci-fi high tech. Don't worry though, it's not going to take over the world.
We're now getting ready to build the first satellite components. This is the really fun part, and the part that you get to help with! How cool is that? We do all the hard work, you get to jump in when it's fun!
I look forward to working with you!
Chief Engineer (that's code for "the guy having the most fun")