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The purpose of our design is to receive data from the on-board thermo-sensor mounted onto the Moto Z. Once complete, our CubeSat will send us temperature data for approximately two weeks. With its modular characteristic, we can substitute the thermo-sensor with other components that collected data, or components that collect sample, or even release compounds and observe their effects.
With the potential success of this project, the chances of normal people understanding space will increase exponentially.
- Build and Launch UCI’s First Satellite
- Improve upon the PhoneSat
- Simple satellite system for research and development
- Modularity from Moto Z development platform
- 2U form factor
If the CubeSat is able to send us data in its current form, it will create a new universal bus for research and development and open the door for everyone to develop a CubeSat.
The Moto Z smartphone platform especially encourages the simplicity of this project due to its nature as an everyday object and its ability to transform (potentially) into any scientific instrument desired, without any prior satellite experience required from the user.
Name: Benjamin Sorensen
Project Lead and Safety Manager
Name: Jeremy Nemetz
Name: Enhan Mai
Name: Siddharth Baranwal
Name: Kevin Morrison
Name: Taleen Sarkissian
Name: Dominic Carone
Name: Nandan Thusu
Name: Elena Abaeva
Initial Project Information
Field of Interest
Aerospace Engineering, Astrodynamics, Mechanical Engineering, Power Management, Satellite Communications, Smartphone Programming, Spacecraft Design, Structural Analysis
The Modular CubeSat project’s goal is to design, build, and launch a modular phone based CubeSat. A CubeSat is a small satellite based off of a 10x10x10 cm (1U) cube and uses a variety of consumer off the shelf (COTS) components. The increasing computational power of smartphones makes them ideal for the increasing computational demands of CubeSats. The phone based CubeSat idea was proven with the NASA PhoneSat project. The project launched multiple smartphone controlled CubeSats, and lead the way to a new and cheaper method of CubeSat design. With the advent of modular phones, the use of the smartphone in CubeSat design has become even more desirable. The modular design allows a researcher to develop a scientific instrument without having to design the satellite itself, all they will have to do attach their instrument to the phone. The researcher will be able to use the newest communication standards, allowing for higher processing and data transfer rates than were ever possible with CubeSats.
Maximum Number of Students
Radio or electronics hardware experience is preferred.