The goal of this project is to create a foundational enabler in the form of a low-cost CubeSat kit and develop an undergraduate course that transitions into an online course in the public domain. The objective of Phase 1 is to develop a kit that contains all subsystems of a fully functioning passive small satellite, or smallsat, with a target price of less than 5,000 USD.
COSMOS, or the Comprehensive Open-architecture Solution for Mission Operations Systems, was originally funded by NASA EPSCoR and consists of a system of open-source software applications that are designed to be easily adaptable for multiple missions and diverse operation centers. This project is a collaborative effort between the HSFL, NASA Ames Research Center, and other universities.
As an organization, HSFL is dedicated to promoting workforce development in the aerospace field. Through providing internship opportunities and design projects, HSFL workers have been able to teach and train undergraduate students to do a multitude of different tasks including electronic design, thermal simulations and testing, and radio communications.