September 4, 2018
We will have our Fall Recruitment meeting September 4, 2018 in the Science Center Classrooms (SCC) in room 118 at 5:30pm. Come join us to learn more about the program and to get involved!
Our program was featured in an official Auburn University video called 'This is Our Time' for the Becuase This Is Auburn Campaign. Look for us around the one minute mark!
February 23, 2018
E-Day is an annual, campus-wide event hosted by Auburn University that is open to all prospective students who are thinking of making a career in STEM. This year was the second time that AUSSP was invited to participate as part of the Aerospace Engineering department. The event allowed for us to increase our outreach and student body presence, as well as furthering the awareness about the current TRYAD mission.
September 8, 2016
One of the first prototypes to be completed, the full external structure of the satellite, designed by program intern Chase Rosen, was completed by the Physics Department machine shop. The physical model will allow for components to be fit-tested and will undergo vibration testing on a shake table.
Working with sci-Zone, the TRYAD project will be receiving new high-bandwidth models of the LinkStar radio, allowing the satellite platform to transmit the large amounts of science data being collected by each satellite daily. In addition, sci_Zone’s EyeStar simplex radio will be integrated into the design, broadcasting a regular beacon of satellite telemetry data and allowing the ground team to carefully monitor the satellites.
August 31, 2016
AUSSP has held its summer recruitment for the fall semester and has fifty new students signed up to the program. New members have joined every team and will be producing the prototype hardware for testing, helping returning members to finalize technical designs and begin taking part in the development of the TRYAD Engineering Model.
July 30, 2016 - Critical Design Review for the TRYAD CubeSat
The review included engineers from Teledyne Brown Engineering and Dynetics in Huntsville, AL, researchers at the University of Florida, as well as professors and industry advisors. A number of Deltas are to be performed. All Deltas should be completed by the review of 22 April, 2017.
July 19, 2016
Drs. Wersinger and Fogle met with the Alabama Public Television Commission for a presentation of the Auburn University Small Satellite Program. The Commission decided to make a video on the program for airing on Alabama Public Television.
May 16 - July 30 2016
Through the summer semester, technical designs for the satellite hardware and software were developed by a group of seven student interns and three volunteers. This work included the full body of the satellite, the attitude determination and control hardware, the power system PCB layout, boards stacking, electrical schematics for all components designed in house by interns, and software architecture. With these prototype designs completed, students are now able to begin fabricating elements of the Engineering Model for testing.
March 2016 - AUSSP and ARSC
AUSSP is now associated with the newly formed Alabama Remote Sensing Consortium through its HYSPIC activities. The purpose of the ARSC is to provide consortium members with large volumes of hyper-spectral data obtained by the DESIS-30 hyper-spectral imager that will be mounted on the Teledyne Brown Engineering MUSES platform on the International Space Station. The data is free of charge for the ARSC members. HYPSIC, once in space will be able to cross-calibrate its images with the DESIS-30 data. easy.
January 2016 - Journey Magazine
AUSSP is featured in an article from the Fall 2015 edition of Auburn University's Journey Magazine discussing the program as well as the 2015 NSF grant awarded to AUSSP.
December 2015 - PDR
On December 5, 2015, the TRYAD project held its Preliminary Design Review on the Auburn University campus. AUSSP and UAH students and researchers presented their preliminary design work on the TRYAD satellites. We were honored to have astronaut Mr. TK Mattingly on televideo and retired President of Intelsat General Corporation Mr. J. Klingelhoeffer on-site at the PDR. Additional reviewers were from NASA LARC, Cal Poly, Teledyne Brown Engineering, University of South Alabama, and University of Florida.
July 2015 - NSF funding for TGF's
In collaboration with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), the AUSSP obtained a National Science Foundation grant for their Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs) research project: TRYAD (Terrestrial RaYs Analysis and Detection). The NSF funding covers four years of work starting in July 2015. Two 6U CubeSat flight models will be delivered for launch in fall 2018. The AUSSP designs, builds, and tests the two spacecraft. UAH designs, builds, and tests the science instruments that will be integrated into the two 6U CubeSats by AUSSP.
May 2015 - HYSPIC Project
In May 2015, AUSSP obtained an Auburn University Internal Grant to develop a hyper spectral sensor in its laboratories: the HYSPIC project. Upon completion of this lab model, AUSSP will seek funding for the building and launching of a 6U CubeSat that will carry the hyperspectral sensor into low Earth orbit.
August 2013 - Sanny Omar
Sanny Omar was one of the six winners of the 21st Annual Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition. Simulations done by Sanny indicated that it would be feasible to control the separation between two satellites initially in the same orbit using only differential aerodynamic forces (achieved by orienting the satellites differently).
The results of this work were compiled into a paper which was selected for presentation at the Small Satellite Constellations Conference in Logan, Utah in mid-August 2013. Sanny was also given a cash prize after his presentation at the conference.
October 28, 2011 - AubieSat-1 Launch
The first CubeSat built by the Auburn University Small Space Program was launched on October 28, 2011 at 2:48 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The main mission was to launch the NPP weather satellite. Six CubeSats were launched in the same Delta II rocket as secondary payloads: the ELaNa III mission. AubieSat-1 was one of the six CubeSats. A short time after launch, the university of Vigo in Spain sent the message that they had heard the AubieSat-1 beacon. Several other groups around the world heard the AS-1 beacon within a few hours from launch. On November 7, 2011, AMSAT gives AubieSat-1 Oscar Number : "AubieSat Oscar 71" or AO-71.