Abstract

The technological and Educational Nanosatellites or TechEdSat Satellites TechEdSat is a series of CubeSats built by students of San Jose University and student interns of University of Idaho in working with NASA Ames. Since October 2012, NASA has launched a total of 5 TechEdSats. The latest is TechEdSat 5 in March 2017. Adaptable Deployable Entry and Placement Technology or ADEPT develops a low ballistic coefficient aeroshell technology that can reduce heat and g-loading during entry. It also enables missions with breakthrough capabilities for long term Mars human exploration. ADEPT enables 10x reduction in peak entry heating and deceleration loads. Batteries using for TechEdSat (and ADEPT) have to go through thorough and rigorous tests (for example: charge, discharge, overcharge) in different labs (at Johnson Space Center and NASA Ames) before being installed and sent to the International Space Station. NASA engineers and technicians check batteries’ capacity and voltage to make sure they work and last for the whole mission. Also, since TechEdSat will be launched onto the International Space Station, its batteries must not cause any harm to the Space Station and especially the astronauts on board!

Mentor

Ali Guarneros

Lab site

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under Grant # 1340110. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The research was also made possible by the California State University STEM Teacher and Researcher Program, in partnership with Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org) and NASA Ames Research Center.

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