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UCF Engineers in National Satellite Competition

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The University of Central Florida has a group of student engineers participating in a unique competition. The University Nanosatellite Program was created by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to educate future aerospace engineers in the process of satellite design and construction. The UNP is a current competition consisting of eleven separate universities. Students from each university are trained in a two year process that allows for research and development in satellite design and ultimately design creation and test flights. The most current version of this competition is called Nanosat-6. UCF is competing in Nanosat-6 with schools such as Georgia Tech, MIT, and Cornell University.

The competition consists of two separate stages. The first stage is partially funded by the United States Air Force and is the construction of a prototype satellite design. University of Central Florida engineers are working on KnightSat II, a satellite created in the hopes of removing orbital debris that hampers NASA space operations. The first stage of the UNP includes design reviews workshops and presentations over the course of two years. The end of the first stage culminates in the Flight Competition Review where one university’s design is selected for implementation.

KnightSat II officials are currently in the process of preparing their design for the upcoming review in January 2011. Selection through the UNP competition gives KnightSat II the funding to become a reality. If KnightSat II is chosen by the review board, the design will need to meet numerous specifications before being considered flight ready. The end result could mean a potential launch opportunity for UCF engineers.

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Written by ArthurVolpe

November 1, 2010 at 1:36 am

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