Student Team Project Wins Award

The CubeSat Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) Testing and Validation Team placed 4th in the ASME Hawaii Francis Rhodes Montgomery Design Competition. Their project involved the design and construction of an assembly for testing and validation of the ADCS of a 3U CubeSat under development at HSFL. The test assembly incorporates a spherical air bearing and balancing mechanisms for co-locating the center of mass at the center of rotation while matching the moment of intertia properties of the CubeSat. Team members Yosef Ben Gershom, Brialyn Onodera, Jonah Ang, and Mars Rayno were mentored by Dr. Miguel Nunes of HSFL. The competition was held on May 5, 2017 and is typically for students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Senior Design course.

Pictures, abstracts and more information may be found here.

Traineeship – New Mexico Sounding Rocket Project (CATSat-1)


The New Mexico Sounding Rocket Project is a hands-on engineering and research based pilot project with the aim of developing skills and exposing participants to opportunities in the STEM disciplines. As such, the current group of six first and second year students are building a payload (named CATSat-1, or the CubeSat Applied Technology project)for a sounding rocket launch in Spring 2016. They are responsible for all facets of the project including electrical and mechanical design, software development, fabrication, and testing.

The  electrical team is working on designing and creating the next generation flight computer board and a support board that integrates with their payload.

The mechanical team is designing the enclosure, as well as doing thermal and stress analyses. They will be leading the environmental tests as well.

The software team is broken into two parts, high and low levels. The high level programmer is creating agents to interact with the payload using COSMOS. Our low level programmer is working on learning embedded software.