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/