Naval Academy Small Satellite Program - Current Projects
Every year the Astronautics track educates aerospace engineers in spacecraft design culminating in the senior project, Capstone Design Course. Although all of these projects are designed to fly, it is not possible to find free
QIKCOM-2 also took advantage of a launch with a host spacecraft on the eXCITe mission scheduled for launch in late 2016. QIKCOM-2 continues the Amateur APRS missions of prior USNA spacecraft but also adds a simpler “touchtone” uplink capability so that users worldwide can use existing radios with keypads instead of the more expensive specialized APRS radios of past satellites. QIKCOM-2 thus allows position reporting and text
PSAT-2 (USNA-14) – Manifested on the STP-2 launch of SPACE-X heavy lift vehicle in mid-2018, this Amateur communications satellite has integrated all of the APRS command and control as well as APRS user transponder onto a single circuit card as the baseline of future USNA CubeSat missions. It carries forward the APRS data relay network pioneered by USNA since PCSAT in 2001 and includes the PSK-31 and Touchtone Texting experiments of QIKCOM-2 all in a single satellite. See http://aprs.org/psat-2.html
HFSAT (USNA-16) is designed to be an Amateur HF
NSAT (USNA-17) is a 1.5U federal CubeSat to carry two experiments and will be the first USNA satellite to use DoD command and control system licensed via the NTIA process. The first payload will test the use of simplified encryption techniques in space and the second will fly an experimental distributed power system for NASA.
RSAT (USNA-19) is the first USNA Amateur Robotics mission that will carry two remote manipulator arms for robotic investigations and manipulation in space. The RSAT robotics module (a 3U CubeSat) will be attached to