ElaNa CubeSat Media Briefing

ElaNa CubeSat Media Briefing



good afternoon once again we're back down with our a lot of CubeSat briefing cube SATs also on our Delta two rocket to be launched on Friday morning and here to discuss the cube sets and their mission is garrett's crow bot the Alana mission manager from the NASA law services program at the Kennedy Space Center and Roland Coelho the peapod program lead from the california polytechnic state university in san luis obispo california and we'll begin first with our project our mission manager Garrett's cravat Garrett thank you George good afternoon everyone and that you can make it out what an incredible opportunity we have on Friday morning to be able to launch Alana three Alana is educational launch of NATO satellite this our third in a series we have right now we look at it from the point of we're educating enhancing education through space flight the mission has six cube sets of which are five missions and if we go to the first slide nice actually the second slide but we'll go ahead and talk to it okay go back go ahead and look about their previous slide the you know one of NASA's missions and goals is to be able to retain students in the mathematics science mathematics engineering disciplines and through the coop set projects we were able to create a program to acidify students drink to strengthen NASA and the resources to do this Alana program we had what we call we developed dia to keep set initiative to day just been to calls for cube sets throughout the educational community nonprofits and the third one is currently on the streets and the proposals are due in November 14th from these calls we've received 32 cubesat missions have been selected to fly so far and of these 32 we have 26 manifested and a part of these are on the MPP mission the Alana three I put together this graphic area of the United States basically showing the states where the Alana project has touched two cubes that's being developed and has been selected currently there's 18 and we're hoping to be able to one day had this whole map completely filled out the next chart next slide please here's our mission patch Alana 3 we have like I said we have five missions on board Montana the one prime all be set for University of Auburn University M cubed from Michigan University of Michigan racks to will also be from the University of Michigan and dice from Utah State University none of this could be possible without the Cal Poly and the cube into poly Pico orbital employer and there are what will the keep Seth will be fitted into and we'll show you that in a little bit so and here we have our patches indicating the educational launch of Netta satellite so if we go to the next image well that was the first image we talked about but this is where we talk i'll go ahead and go back we talked to it anyway well what ok yeah that's right here basically showing the the word the international the national concept of being able to go out and recruit students students working on the cubes themselves maintaining the science knowledge engineering and launching a key element as launching education into space for these students and given the hands-on experience flying touching and actually building flight hardware for a commission which really makes them a key entity going into the aerospace workforce so now if you go to the next image we'll take a look at the some of the students here epic Cal Poly actually integrating the Alana three missions you see the peapod there on the lower right hand corner fully integrated and end up above the three cubes right before going in with any of the project the students act just like system engineers they do testing they verify they check and they ensure that everything is proper before it goes into a if not into the vehicle so we went to the next image the amount of three missions is going to be flight upon the second stage of the Delta Q vehicle here it's enclosed into the payload fairing this verse image shows the Delta to this would be look like on Friday night Friday morning and then down on the second stage there on the struts and then we blow it up with the 3p pods on the next image up there in the upper right-hand corner so we go to the next one we showed where the actual ula engineer is actually installing the the pea pod onto the vehicle here we showed a pea pod number three with dice and pea pod number one with e 1 prime flight to all be sad and M cube co and then peapod number two there by itself on the other side of the vehicles racks too so if we go to the next next image this is just a layout of the the flight profile of the first two orbits once the peapod separate approximately about 1 minute 38 seconds after t0 along this flight path you'll see we start seeing circles around South Africa Europe we have a whole network of student ground stations throughout the world that will be collecting data to determine the likeness of the spacecraft to cube sads as they fly around the earth to make sure we get health and so when the primary station starts commanding they know they're ready to ready to go thank you there so you know another part of the Alana project is has been a continuing challenge for students to fly spacecraft of this type and in the past that the keeps s had been built by many universities across America and they've been sitting on the shelf the Alana program has now given two cubes opportunities a continual basis to fly right now this is a lot of three currently a lot of four five and six they're already manifested on button on the books and we'd be flying those out through twenty twelve and thirteen so when we wended engines light up on friday morning hundreds of students across America be ready sitting at ground stations all across around the world waiting for the first indication of separation and the first data and being able to get the signs down for the different organizations I do want to make a couple notes here that this is a very unique mission compared to the Llano one with we flew last bag marched we're partnership with the National Science Foundation on this mission the Jet Propulsion Laboratory s RI and a stream are also part of our partners illness and it's very unique a couple thank-yous that I like to throw out there is our LSP management team you know they've been very supportive and believed in the Alana project and has moved forward and also a deep appreciation to the NPP project for allowing us to attach a hitch a ride on their vehicle so thank you Thank You Garrett and now to roll in coello say pea pod program lead from the california polytechnic state university in san luis obispo rollin thanks George thanks Garrett so this is my first press conference it's extremely exciting I'm probably smiling from here to here right now this is an amazing opportunity that nASA has given to us to to to the students I just want to give a brief overview of the CubeSat program it started in nineteen ninety nine so we've been at this for about 12 years now and the original goal of the CubeSat program and the CubeSat standard was to give students access to space routine affordable access and prior to that it really wasn't there and so it all started with Bob twigs and dr. Geordie poots woori came up with the idea concept came believe it or not from a beanie baby box they had the size of the box and actually this is a satellite this is a CubeSat it's a one you when was the last time have you ever had a real satellite at a press conference before real scale so they figured out that they could get about one watt on-orbit average power with the one you cots components you can get them off line something very easy and simple that students can go ahead and build these satellites so currently we have over 150 CubeSat developers worldwide it's truly global and so we are working with international partners to launch their satellites and here in the US it's really Ben Garratt you know in his group here launching us universities so these cube SATs get integrated into the poly Pico satellite orbital deployer or or pea pod built by Cal Poly which is this you can see here this is full-scale this mounts to the V struts on the Delta two upper stage I will be showing you guys a video of CubeSat integration actually at Cal Poly in a little bit but this pea pod was developed to protect the launch vehicle on the primary payload I mean that was the big intent deploying cube SATs and getting them into space was secondary but really we had to show the US launch community that we put the launch vehicle on the primary payload first to reduce as much risk as possible and so one of the interesting stories about the sizing of the peapod actually came from a delta to launch vehicle there was about 99 2000 we are developing the peapod and we actually went out and looked at all of the launch vehicle accommodations out there delta 2 was one of the only ones that actually had a secondary payload accommodate in their users guide so you can actually fit three of these cube sets into the peapod and the length of this pea pod is actually about the length of the Delta two secondary payload accommodations and so that's where the form factor came about and so over the years over the last 12 years Ilana three is our tenth launch it's exciting for us at Cal Poly because we finally made it to to you know to the Delta two and two prominent US launch vehicles this is a huge step we originally started out with the Russians we had three launches with them first and then we started working towards getting the pea pods and cube sets on us launch vehicles and so we've kind of come full circle in terms of starting off as a student project going with the Russians and now we're launching it in our own backyard it's absolutely amazing and so one of the things I just wanted to tell you guys some a brief story of how i met Garrett I was about 21 years old went to the small payloads rideshare conference about six or seven years ago and I pretty much knew nothing our advisor Jordi puts woori said go to Denver go to the conference have fun but get us launches on us vehicles it was a pretty daunting task I had no idea what I was getting myself into and so actually talking to people at the conference a bunch of people said you see that gentleman over there his name's Big Daddy you have to talk to him and he's a NASA mission manager and you know I was scared to death to approach him but I started talking with them and we had an amazing conversation at the workshop he basically said that continued with the launches get flight heritage but be patient it will come one day and that was 67 years ago and you know six seven years you know till now it's an amazing experience we're finally here we have something sustainable and Garrett the biggest heart in the world you know he kept his promise and you know and here we are today also to the tremendous impact the Alana program has had on the CubeSat community and the students at Cal Poly is absolutely tremendous I think one of the one of the big things that may be lacking in some of the education that we get in the classroom is we don't get this real world experience we don't get real engineering problems we have to solve and so if you fail a test you get an F if you fail problems or if you can't resolve issues you don't go on the mission mission is over and the impact is much widespread and so the ability to work with NASA and for the students to understand systems engineering to work with multiple disciplines with Mechanical Engineers electrical engineers computer science physicists is a tremendous opportunity and it's very difficult to find that you know to find that in the classroom and so that's what the cube set program gives and that's what NASA is allowing us to do is to really have all of these students come together build a real spacecraft get it launched and and operated on orbit so some of the students you know at Cal Poly tremendous opportunities for them because those students get to work with Garrett and his team on a daily basis you know we understand what requirements are we understand what verifications are and so when they graduate they move directly into their job knowing full well what you know what they need to do and finally just want to thank everybody than that set NASA headquarters Jason and an NASA LSP from James Wood to Amanda to Garrett and to Bill and Larry it's been a tremendous opportunity to you know to work with everybody and just want to thank everybody for working through some of the issues that we've had you know through these 2 Alana missions never giving up on us always saying there is an answer there is a solution we just need to go work it and that is amazing so thank you thank you rollin and now we have a feature coming up for you all we're going to let Garrett tell us a little bit about what we're going to see in a moment yeah okay some of the research directors and principal investigators from Yolanda 3 mission took a lil bit of time out this week and put together a video describing a little bit about their to keep sets and some of the science and what they're doing at the home universities and so we just want to show that video now keeps it is a radio our Explorer it's a grant of space by City greater experiments so our mission is unique because we get to use very narrow beam very strong radars that gives us very high resolution measurements of disturbance in altitude and at the same time it as a spacecraft flies over the experimental zone we get there are different views of the the turbulence with respect to the magnetic field lines we have two websites wanted sra international and one at University of Michigan the SR I site provides information about the science operations ground-based radar Operations and also presents data that are immediately after the experiment the Michigan website provides information on the spacecraft status spacecraft health status operations and also planned experiments as well keep sets are unique in bringing together students of different academic background engineering physics power system communication folks who wouldn't normally be seen in the same room together or having to pool their energies to carry out a CubeSat mission and because they're doing that the students can then go forward and claim to their respective employers that they have a lot of interdisciplinary information in particular this racks to CubeSat is supported by the national science foundation and the data from it will be available to students decades from now this is an exciting time for all of us keeps hats are flying on a yearly basis and at our research institution we're working on a variety of remote sensing instruments and payloads that can go in future cube sets and we look forward to the day when there's not one or two going up per year for research purposes but there's maybe a dozen the name of our CubeSat is dynamic ionosphere CubeSat experiment or dice for short what dice is going to do is it's going to look at storms in the ionosphere that occur periodically especially over the United States so this is especially interesting because it's a u.s. experiment looking at a uniquely u.s. phenomenon and these storms occur and they can disrupt systems like GPS navigation systems communication systems and surveillance systems and the atmosphere affects radio communications at all frequencies and so it's very important that we understand what's going on in the atmosphere there were 23 students involved over two years at Utah State University and they mostly worked at the space dynamics lab which is the engineering spacecraft engineering part of utah state university and they were involved in building the instruments building the satellite they also helped him the design so they did mathematical studies of the heat transfer within the satellite the operation of various components and they helped to design some of the mechanical components so they were very involved in the design and the building of the satellite well the National Science Foundation initiated the project and they provided 1.2 million dollars of funding but in addition there's been support from NASA through the Wallops Island ground-based tracking station and the Alana program to which we're very grateful for that help and the alarm program actually made it possible to launch the satellites the public can be involved by looking at the Astra website there's information there about the dice CubeSat program and there will be data shown once it becomes available and they can go to ww Astra space net and we also have phone apps that are developed by Astra and we'll be putting some of the data and some of the information on our phone apps name of our cube set is all be set one it's named after a mascot at the University I'll be and it's going to mostly look at two encapsulants we put on solar panels and see how well they protect the solar panels from the harsh environment of space I think what makes it unique is how many undergraduate students have worked on it we over the years we've had over a hundred probably 200 undergraduate students working at no grad students know professors directly involved it's a complete undergraduate effort the end result is that well hundreds of students went through a project which is NASA funded and which is also NASA inspired and they have learned our number of skills which I couldn't develop in a classroom these are skills of communication of learning management learning systems engineering and not book learning if you want but it really is learning by doing we have approached the international amateur radio community and told them about our satellite we have to just give them now the Clarion elements so they know where to look for it and when and they know the kind of messages that's supposed to hear and then what they do is they email them to us and tell us what they heard and where they were located etc so we're going to hopefully get the news from our satellites from all over the world the public can participate by logging on to our website space dot a burn dot edu and they're going to get find the instructions on how to download the data and also where the satellite will be and when the name of our CubeSat is M cubed it stands for Michigan multi-purpose mini SAT and the cubesat is developed by the University of Michigan it has a camera on board that will take medium resolution images of the earth and then there's a secondary payload on this cube set that was developed by NASA JPL and that payload will do some image processing well what's unique about this mission is I think the collaboration that was established between Michigan and JPL to develop a secondary payload and roughly a year ago we started this effort through funding from their science technology office and through the collaboration we will be validating hardware and a software algorithm for a future instrument that is being developed by NASA for in support of the decatur survey mission over the course of the entire project there are roughly 50 students involved at the University in this last year of concentrated effort with NASA JPL the core team was about ten students and we had roughly six part-time professionals at JPL also supporting the payload development they did all the hands-on work development for this keep set they did machining for the structure they developed the subsystems built their own hardware I think the experience of developing these keep sets that the universe is very important we really look for that direct experience in our early career hire program at JPL it's been very interesting to see these students coming through the programs with their hands on experience the public can participate in this mission through the amateur satellite community where the ham radio frequencies for M cubed will be made known and they can track the data as well as at the university website um q org we will have results of the mission posted there our satellite is called Explorer 1 Prime it's named after the United States's first satellite explorer one that discovered the fenelon radiation belts in 1958 our satellite is carrying one of Van Allen's Geiger counters that was used to discover radiation around the planets and it was donated to us by dr. Van Allen before he passed away about five years ago our students began working on explorer 1 prime in 2006 and we've had about a hundred and twenty-five students involved in the program during these five years oftentimes students only have the opportunity to do a design or a concept study and it's my experience that what really makes the difference is when the students are allowed to actually build their designs test them and discover that they don't really work and then they have to go back and do a redesign and then retest and this whole process of qualifying a satellite no matter what its size is for spaceflight is where the rubber really meets the road in terms of the learning process we hope that our satellite will keep on ticking for about four months which would equal the lifetime of the Explorer run original explore one satellite we're currently building two other satellite programs one for National Science Foundation a scientific experiment to study radiation belts and a second one under the university nano set program for the Air Force Research Laboratories we believe that the real utility these very diminutive satellites is in the ability to launch large constellations dozens of satellites working together in this very small form factor to do things that we've never been able to do in space in the past alright read it out to take questions so please give your name and affiliation again when the mic comes to you and we'll start right over here with Nora I Nora Wallace Santa Barbara news-press do you have any idea how many students might be coming to the launch and also can you give us any sense of the collective cost of the satellites on this rocket I know that some of the universities are not able to bring the students due to the class schedules but from what I'm hearing there's probably 30 to 50 students as be in the area for the admission but most of movie watching it on television on the webcast back in the university dorms or you know getting ready for it as to the cost everyone I'm to la believes a little bit different they all costs in a different aspect ones like dice like they indicated was like 1.2 million for that because it's doing significant science where you may have all be sad or what are the other ones that has this to very smaller science be a lot less Janine Scully santa maria times lompoc record what you mentioned some future missions what vehicles and will those fly on and do you know approximately what time frame yes Ilana six will be flying in July of 2012 we have three P pods which keep sets on it and we're partnering with the in a row one of their missions after that we have us CRS two and three flight out at Kennedy scheduled for late 12 or 13 and we have four pods on crs two and five peapods on crs three currently any other questions Nora at this point is it is it long enough in the program that you're starting to see students come to NASA and JPL and everywhere else looking for jobs that have worked on some of these case in point absolutely and a lot of the students who graduate are now working you know for these companies and they're coming back to us with cubes on ideas collaboration we see it all the time in government agencies like NASA also commercial I would want to say like the CubeSat mafia is slowly starting to spread and it's it's amazing to see that the passion still in them that they want to come back and you know help support their university there's actually I believe one of the students from Cal Poly that's supporting mpb so I was talking to them at the hotel the other evening all right we have no other questions none from other centers or online so that is going to conclude this briefing and our next activity will be launched coverage which will begin at 1201 a.m. pacific time on friday morning thank you

3 thoughts on “ElaNa CubeSat Media Briefing

  1. this is exciting, because the satellite the they will launch is very useful, it will help understand the atmosphere.

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