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The focus of this project, through research and testing, was to prepare various elements of small satellite experiential education curriculum. Rather than be constrained to the expensive and long-term timelines of a larger satellites, students can assemble, test, and operate various classes of small satellites in a valuable learning experience that will prepare them to work on larger projects. The true benefit of a PocketQube, CanSat, or femtosatellite is that they can be built with less money, less experience, and less long-term commitment while providing a scaled version of the real-life satellite development process that will engage and inspire students. One already tangible result of this project is a thirty-page illustrated handbook that instructs students how to use open-source coding software to verify PCB (Printed Circuit Board) construction, how to troubleshoot difficulties when testing the seven different families of satellite subsystems, and the steps for physical manipulation to validate the sensors of the subsystems. Also important for this project was over twenty-five hours of research cataloging the RF (Radio Frequency) products of more than seventeen different manufacturers to evaluate their impact on small satellite designs. Ongoing research into the standards currently used by this industry will provide useful results to develop small satellite components. The research in this project will speed the development of exciting small satellite projects that will be used to show students the basics of satellites at universities far beyond the mountains of Kentucky.

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Research, Testing, and Validation of Small Satellite Designs: CubeSats, CanSats, PocketQubes, and Femtosatellites



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