What we're about

With the advent of the CubeSat, the cost of building and launching satellites has come down by a factor of 1,000, enough to be within the reach of small groups. This is a repeat of the PC phenomena in the 1970's and the Internet in the 1990's: a low barrier to entry and a huge payoff for the successful techno-entrepreneur. It will be fun to watch it, and lucrative to be part of it.

We are a group for serious engineers & scientists engaged in designing, building and launching small satellites such as CubeSats - i.e. smallSats, chipSats, pocketSats, miniSats, microSats, nanoSats, or picoSats, etc. for most any purpose from Gamification to Experimentation, from Education to Defense, from NEO Detection to "Dinosaur Killer" Mitigation.

This is a good Youtube introduction:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=50_AntgK8ZA

Lets have some fun in space. Lets launch a satellite. The whole universe awaits, literally ...

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Upcoming events (5+)

CubeSat Flight Software (FSW) Design & Development.

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We will extend an open source Flight Management System to encompass the CubeSat/SmallSats paradigm. Simultaneously we will upgrade GMAT to include relevant optimization plugins. This is an opportunity for professional coders as well as interns to extend their skill-sets to include aerospace engineering. Aerospace, Mechanical, and Astronautical engineers are invited to join other experienced engineers and scientists to build a cutting edge areospace startup. The simulation system will incrementally create animated visualizations and demo simulations for crowdfunding and user education. We will discuss the Flight Software selected, tasks and crew allocation. GMAT We have identified an open source orbital trajectory system, the NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), for our space flight simulation and visualization. The package is free, open source, accurate, and tutorial videos are available on YouTube. We will be adding Python apps which we can discuss in upcoming meetings. I recommend that interested participants examine the wealth of online documentation. You can also download and install the binaries, and follow the video tutorials. Executable binaries, source and documentation are available here (GMATcentral broken, temporarily): http://gmatcentral.org • The primary purpose of this meeting shall be to meet and greet our new members, and to discuss mission objectives. • Following introductions, this will be a working meeting. Please take the time to explore coding plug-ins for GMAT prior to the next meeting. • Having selected a spaceflight simulation and visualization software system for our proposed missions, we shall discuss implementation of plugins for the NASA GMAT software. • We also need help in the creation of animations of the proposed mission operations. Specifically we need M.E. expertise to refine CAD models of the spacecraft, astrodynamics expertise to optimize transfer orbits and trajectories, and software expertise in the simulation domain.

CubeSat Flight Software (FSW) Design & Development.

Location visible to members

We will extend an open source Flight Management System to encompass the CubeSat/SmallSats paradigm. Simultaneously we will upgrade GMAT to include relevant optimization plugins. This is an opportunity for professional coders as well as interns to extend their skill-sets to include aerospace engineering. Aerospace, Mechanical, and Astronautical engineers are invited to join other experienced engineers and scientists to build a cutting edge areospace startup. The simulation system will incrementally create animated visualizations and demo simulations for crowdfunding and user education. We will discuss the Flight Software selected, tasks and crew allocation. GMAT We have identified an open source orbital trajectory system, the NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), for our space flight simulation and visualization. The package is free, open source, accurate, and tutorial videos are available on YouTube. We will be adding Python apps which we can discuss in upcoming meetings. I recommend that interested participants examine the wealth of online documentation. You can also download and install the binaries, and follow the video tutorials. Executable binaries, source and documentation are available here (GMATcentral broken, temporarily): http://gmatcentral.org • The primary purpose of this meeting shall be to meet and greet our new members, and to discuss mission objectives. • Following introductions, this will be a working meeting. Please take the time to explore coding plug-ins for GMAT prior to the next meeting. • Having selected a spaceflight simulation and visualization software system for our proposed missions, we shall discuss implementation of plugins for the NASA GMAT software. • We also need help in the creation of animations of the proposed mission operations. Specifically we need M.E. expertise to refine CAD models of the spacecraft, astrodynamics expertise to optimize transfer orbits and trajectories, and software expertise in the simulation domain.

CubeSat Flight Software (FSW) Design & Development.

Location visible to members

We will extend an open source Flight Management System to encompass the CubeSat/SmallSats paradigm. Simultaneously we will upgrade GMAT to include relevant optimization plugins. This is an opportunity for professional coders as well as interns to extend their skill-sets to include aerospace engineering. Aerospace, Mechanical, and Astronautical engineers are invited to join other experienced engineers and scientists to build a cutting edge areospace startup. The simulation system will incrementally create animated visualizations and demo simulations for crowdfunding and user education. We will discuss the Flight Software selected, tasks and crew allocation. GMAT We have identified an open source orbital trajectory system, the NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), for our space flight simulation and visualization. The package is free, open source, accurate, and tutorial videos are available on YouTube. We will be adding Python apps which we can discuss in upcoming meetings. I recommend that interested participants examine the wealth of online documentation. You can also download and install the binaries, and follow the video tutorials. Executable binaries, source and documentation are available here (GMATcentral broken, temporarily): http://gmatcentral.org • The primary purpose of this meeting shall be to meet and greet our new members, and to discuss mission objectives. • Following introductions, this will be a working meeting. Please take the time to explore coding plug-ins for GMAT prior to the next meeting. • Having selected a spaceflight simulation and visualization software system for our proposed missions, we shall discuss implementation of plugins for the NASA GMAT software. • We also need help in the creation of animations of the proposed mission operations. Specifically we need M.E. expertise to refine CAD models of the spacecraft, astrodynamics expertise to optimize transfer orbits and trajectories, and software expertise in the simulation domain.

CubeSat Flight Software (FSW) Design & Development.

Location visible to members

We will extend an open source Flight Management System to encompass the CubeSat/SmallSats paradigm. Simultaneously we will upgrade GMAT to include relevant optimization plugins. This is an opportunity for professional coders as well as interns to extend their skill-sets to include aerospace engineering. Aerospace, Mechanical, and Astronautical engineers are invited to join other experienced engineers and scientists to build a cutting edge areospace startup. The simulation system will incrementally create animated visualizations and demo simulations for crowdfunding and user education. We will discuss the Flight Software selected, tasks and crew allocation. GMAT We have identified an open source orbital trajectory system, the NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), for our space flight simulation and visualization. The package is free, open source, accurate, and tutorial videos are available on YouTube. We will be adding Python apps which we can discuss in upcoming meetings. I recommend that interested participants examine the wealth of online documentation. You can also download and install the binaries, and follow the video tutorials. Executable binaries, source and documentation are available here (GMATcentral broken, temporarily): http://gmatcentral.org • The primary purpose of this meeting shall be to meet and greet our new members, and to discuss mission objectives. • Following introductions, this will be a working meeting. Please take the time to explore coding plug-ins for GMAT prior to the next meeting. • Having selected a spaceflight simulation and visualization software system for our proposed missions, we shall discuss implementation of plugins for the NASA GMAT software. • We also need help in the creation of animations of the proposed mission operations. Specifically we need M.E. expertise to refine CAD models of the spacecraft, astrodynamics expertise to optimize transfer orbits and trajectories, and software expertise in the simulation domain.

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CubeSat Flight Software (FSW) Design & Development.

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