The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunity (SFRO) in August of 2015. Its goal was to seek proposals from universities across the nation interested in developing interdisciplinary, undergraduate-led teams to fly a payload relevant to NASA project goals on a platform of their choice. Under the direction of Principal Investigator (PI) Supriya Chakrabarti, Ph.D., of the Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology (LoCSST), UMass Lowell submitted a proposal in the fall of 2015.
In April 2016, SPACE HAUC was selected along with several other universities. SPACE HAUC is also being supported by the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, BAE Systems, Draper, and UMass Lowell.
Our team has consisted of more than 75 students from the College of Sciences and College of Engineering actively involved and working to develop SPACE HAUC. Over the course of this project, the students will build, fly, operate, and analyze the data of UMass Lowell's first satellite.
SPACE HAUC has successfully passed design review and has moved into the building and testing phase, as teams work to assemble their section of the spacecraft. Final assembly and integration is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019, and SPACE HAUC will launch to the ISS for deployment in 2020.