Imagine a fully instrumented satellite the size of a half-gallonmilk carton. Small low-cost satellite payloads, built mainly by students andhitching rides into orbit on Air Force and NASA launch vehicles,have been making recent history in successes many herald as a”space revolution.” Called cubesats for the roughly four-inch-cubed dimensions of theirbasic building elements, each one is stacked with modern,smart-phone-like electronics and tiny scientific instruments. Several cubesat projects funded by the National Science Foundation(NSF) are currently operating in orbit, making first-of-their-kindexperiments in space and providing new measurements that helpscientists understand how the Earth’s upper atmosphere responds tosolar activity. And more are on the way. Several other payloads are already built and awaiting launch thissummer with their host spacecraft. Clean Room Wipers
Yet others are in the process ofbeing constructed or designed, all poised to provide new scientificmeasurements to answer questions in space and atmospheric science. But this is just the beginning, say scientists. The future of cubesat projects is only limited by the imagination,researchers believe. The capabilities of cubesat systems aregrowing at an ever-increasing rate as technological advances aremade. Clean Room Sticky Mat Manufacturer
Opportunities are many to accelerate this technology throughengineering research in an array of fields, including materialsresearch, 3-D printing, sensor miniaturization,micro-electro-mechanical systems, systems engineering, radioscience, communication algorithms and networks. Private firms and government agencies are also adopting the cubesatconcept as a low-cost way of flying payloads in space whilecreating important educational opportunities for future leaders ofindustry. The projects stimulate widespread excitement and involve a uniqueset of skills and interests. They appeal, say researchers, to abroader range of participants than more traditional science andengineering projects. What will it take for future cubesat projects to provide thecrucial measurements from space needed to solve critical societalproblems, such as climate change, land use and resource management,pollution and disaster monitoring, communication and space weather? On May 24, NSF will host an event titled: “Workshop to Explore theUtility of Cubesat Projects for Scientific Research and TechnologyAdvances and STEM Education and Workforce Development.” Scientists, engineers and educators will showcase their currentNSF-funded cubesat science and engineering projects. Anti Static Safety Shoes
Presentations will explore the potential for cubesat projects toplay a major role in solving critical societal problems andenabling scientific discoveries and engineering innovation. The event will feature posters and exhibits presented by theproject teams, as well as presentations highlighting current andfuture cubesat capabilities. Workshop to Explore the Utility of Cubesat Projects for ScientificResearch and Technology Advances, and STEM Education and WorkforceDevelopment. When: Thursday, May 24, 2012, noon to 3:00 p.m.
ETWhere: National Science Foundation Atrium, 4201 Wilson Blvd.,Arlington, VA 22230.