Space for the People

Mission Overview

Space has a reputation for being complicated. Our mission is a campaign to change the public’s perception of the space industry. Space technology should be accessible to amateurs, and EQUiSat will be.
For those looking to replicate EQUiSat, it’s reproducible in under a year for less than $5,000.
For other teams looking to build a CubeSat, this project is open source. That is, any other team can use our designs, which can be found on the Resources page.
For those looking to track EQUiSat and interact with it, EQUiSat will emit a ray of light visible to the naked eye from urban areas, and transmit a signal audible for any HAM radio user.
For those looking to learn about space design and radio communication, we are reaching out to schools, museums, and summer camps in the community to integrate EQUiSat into their curricula.

Inspiring students to be our future scientists, engineers, explorers, and educators…”

EQUiSat is entirely student-built, and provides an outlet for creativity and a rare opportunity to practice professional engineering outside of the classroom.

 

 

Inform, engage, and inspire the public by sharing NASA’s missions, challenges, and results.”

We provide detailed documentation and fundamental research that shows the technical and strategic challenges presented by the design process from concept to launch. The entire satellite is built in-house from off-the-shelf components, forcing our entire team to understand how the systems and their pieces function. Once EQUiSat is launched, people tracking it will be able to post about their sightings and the status of the satellite, creating a community of space enthusiasts, and informing the public about the critical role satellites play in modern society.

 

Improve retention of students in STEM disciplines by providing opportunities and activities along the full length of the education pipeline.”

We are working with several existing outreach channels at Brown University to push space design and radio communication curriculum into after-school programs, museums, and summer camps in the Providence area. We hope to engage all age groups with EQUiSat through dynamic lesson plans. With a simple HAM radio and a clear night, students will be able to see and hear EQUiSat overhead and experience the kind of technology that brings them things like GPS and satellite TV.

 

 

Develop and demonstrate the critical technologies that will make NASA’s exploration, science, and discovery missions more affordable and more capable.”

EQUiSat pilots several new technologies, including terrestrially visible optics and LiFePO4 batteries. Visible optics can give way to novel methods of orbit tracking and optical communications. And, LiFePO4 batteries can supply high currents, which enable high-power electronics. Most importantly, low-budget and well-documented designs render these new technologies accessible to the amateur and professional alike.


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