“Established in mid-2018, the satellite division of Harvard SEDS seeks to bring world class aerospace engineering opportunities to Harvard undergraduates through the design, construction, and operation of CubeSats.”
In the space industry today, three things are true:
The cost to launch a satellite to orbit is falling.
Satellites are getting smaller thanks to improvements in electronics miniaturization.
Commercial hardware for CubeSats is getting cheaper and more reliable.
Therefore, space is more accessible than ever. In fact, it is finally affordable enough for small teams of undergraduate students from private institutions to conduct science in space with satellites they design, manufacture, and operate.
Construct a novel solar panel deployment mechanism using shape memory alloys that demonstrates competitive power output per mass compared to a commercial solution.
Design, assemble, and test a standardized bus for a 2U satellite to deploy our solar panel.
Construct and operate a VHF/UHF capable tracking ground station to communicate with Harvard CubeSats and others.