NASA challenge team gives space thruster commercial boost

May 1, 2024
This challenge asked university and private developer teams to complete objectives in designing, building, and delivering small satellites capable of advanced deep space operations, Bailey G. Light reports for NASA.

WASHINGTON - In its pursuit to develop groundbreaking technologies to explore space and benefit life on Earth, NASA invites the public to contribute ideas to the agency through participatory opportunities, including challenges. The Cube Quest competition – NASA’s first in-space challenge – kicked off in 2015, offering a total prize purse of $5 million, Bailey G. Light reports for NASA. Continue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 May 2024 - In this competition, university and private developer teams were tasked with achieving specific goals in designing, constructing, and deploying small satellites capable of advanced deep space operations. Over the course of two phases, multiple teams worked on developing and testing technologies to launch small satellites, commonly referred to as CubeSats, into orbit.

Among these teams, Team Miles from Tampa, Florida, stood out as the sole group to successfully deploy its CubeSat during the 2022 Artemis I flight test around the Moon. Led by Wesley Faler, Team Miles assembled its members primarily through Tampa Hackerspace, a local nonprofit workshop. The team expanded to include experts in software engineering, information technology, radio-frequency engineering, radiation, aerospace engineering, graphic design, and blacksmithing.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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