Current Projects

  • PolarCube - A CubeSat which will explore climate change by obtaining an atmospheric temperature profile.
  • STEAM (Student Thermal Energetic Activity Module) - A student mission on the SwRI PUNCH spacecraft.  Students will design, build, and integrate an x-ray spectrometer that will compliment the overall PUNCH science mission.  STEAM is focused on finding signatures of the coronal heating mechanisms on solar streams to be observed by PUNCH.
  • Ground Station and Ground Segment - VHF/UHF satellite tracking communication station. Developing the infrastructure to support multiple missions. This involves tracking satellites and downlinking data such as weather images.
  • RocketSat-13: The current RocketSat project is with an industry collaborator investigating mechanisms used for solar panel deployment.
  • Industry Collaborations - We develop industry collaborations and help place qualified students with interesting and valuable indstury positions.  Students are currently working with MAXAR.
  • GLEE (Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone) - A unique mission that involves global collaboration to perform science on the lunar surface.
  • Steerable Parachutes - working with mentors at LASP, students are exploring the use of steerable parachutes to recover high altitude balloon payloads.

Previous Projects