New faculty member, Dr. Frances Zhu, recently applied for and won one of six NASA Artemis Student Challenge Awards. She is the PI on this exciting new project to create a foundation enabler 1U CubeSat for $5000 or less per unit with an online lab course. This will help undergraduate programs interested in starting an aerospace track to do so. The goal of the kit is not solely for space flight, it can be used as a tabletop sensor suite, avionics for a sounding rocket, the payload balloon or suborbital mission, a sensor pack for a rover, and more. The team responsible for designing, fabricating, and testing the kit will include HSFL Facu lty, Staff, and undergraduate students. The project kickoff was held on May 18.
For more information on the Artemis Student Challenge, follow this link: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-funds-artemis-student-challenges-to-inspire-space-exploration
For the UH News Article: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/05/18/500k-develop-small-satellite-kits/
Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, HSFL continues to work both remotely and on-site while following social distancing protocols. Integration of HSFL’s Neutron-1 3U Cubesat continues in the cleanroom, as featured in this UH News article: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/04/07/satellite-research-clean-room
HSFL will be participating in the 2019 Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration on Saturday, April 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our booth with the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium will feature a satellite star tracker activity, a number of our 3D printed models, and a thermal photo booth inspired by the Spectral Technology Group at HIGP. Members of our staff and some of our students will be present to discuss the science and engineering behind our exhibit.
This event is organized by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America and last year attracted over 10,000 attendees. For more information, visit the event website here.
Thank you to all who visited the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium / HSFL booth at the 2019 Institute for Astronomy Open House. Over 1,400 visitors attended the event and it looked like everyone had a good time!
Members of HSFL’s management and engineering staff will be at the 2018 Small Satellite Conference in Utah. Come see us in the University Exhibit at table U17 or at the Pre-Conference Workshop.
Members of HSFL’s management and engineering staff will be attending this year’s Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah. Please contact us if you wish to schedule a meeting.