"Visualization" model of the proposed SPACE HAUC CubeSat satellite based on the initial prototype of the structural fame. We are using it to better convey the size to students, faculty, and more. It features laser-printed acrylic structural members (made in the MakerSpace), plastic end caps printed on a student-built 3D printer, and commercial-off-the-shelf aluminum rails. It also contains recycled solar cells mounted to a foam-core substrate acting as "solar panels" locked in the deployed position.
The Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology encourages participation from students of all levels of study. Currently, undergraduate students are preparing to launch SPACE HAUC (Science Program Around Communications Engineering with High-Achieving Undergraduate Cadres). The SPACE HAUC satellite is based on the CubeSat model used worldwide for low-Earth orbit space research. SPACE HAUC’s goal is to demonstrate the practicality of communicating at high data rates, which may influence future CubeSat applications such as controlling formations of satellites or interplanetary exploration missions.
SPACE-HAUC was chosen as one of 47 university proposals for funding by NASA in a nationwide competitive process under its Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP).