Faculty Sponsor

Dan White




Electrical Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


As our world becomes more and more digital, satellites continue to be a fundamental component to technological progress. Working with AMSAT(Amateur Satellite) CubeSat Simulators allow students and the community to immerse themselves in STEM(Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities. The goal of this project was to create an earth-based model of a CubeSat satellite that operates the same as its space-grade version, but located outdoors rather than launched into space. We took the CubeSat Simulator built by AMSAT for indoor use, and redesigned it to survive outside without needing any interaction except by radio communication, just like a satellite in space. Through this research, the community schools and Girls Who Code after school program can have an interesting opportunity to interact with the CubeSat, such as take a selfie from a satellite in space using the CubeSat as a transmitter, and begin the pursuit of creating one themselves.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

The students working on this project are both junior Electrical Engineering majors who possess a strong curiosity about space and HAM radio. The need for a fun and exciting first start into radio frequency for youth fueled the creation of the GroundSat project. Maggie Hayes is working towards a career in circuit hardware design. Chris Gutschlag is working towards a career in digital/analog integrated circuit design.