LetSat CubeSat

$41,984
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Project ends on May 10, at 12:00 PM CDT
Project Owners

Exciting News!

February 03, 2018

Hey awesome people!

 

LetSat has been busy! In the last few months, we've made several important new partnerships, designed most of the LetSat-1 satellite hardware, begun construction of our own satellite communications station, and started planning for our launch!

 

The most exciting news, though, is that LetSat has been invited to present at the 15th annual CubeSat Developers Workshop, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo! This is the heart of the CubeSat world, with presenters from across the globe representing nearly every space-faring country. We'll be presenting alongside many of the most prestigious Universities and space agencies in the world.

 

But we need your help! To make this groundbreaking spaceflight possible, we need to raise another $45,000 by August of 2018. This funding will allow us to purchase flight components such as solar panels, a radio, and the position control system. You can donate at letsat.org/donate, or by contacting me or any of my awesome teammates. Thanks for your support! 

 

p.s. Everyone that donates gets one of our fancy new postcards! You need one for your fridge, bulletin board, or wherever you put cool new things for people to look at. 

 

Clifford White

Chief Engineer

LetSat.org

Progress Update: Bus Simulator Design Complete

November 17, 2017

To test our payload design on the ground, we need to be able to simulate the electrical loads that will be demanded of our system. That's where the bus simulator comes in. With this component, we are able to simulate power draw from future satellite components like the radio transceiver and magnetic torquers. It will also interface directly with our payload and allow us to measure actual payload power draw. 

The hardware on the bus simulator resembles that of the flight computer we have selected for our final design and can simulate actual satellite behaviors giving us a chance at a "dry-run" to test the on-board software our team is developing.

Check out our circuit board design below!

Elli Keener, Project Manager

Just the beginning!

November 03, 2017

Hey everyone! 

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!

--Cliff White

Chief Engineer (that's code for "the guy having the most fun")

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