May 27, 2021

The A&A CubeSat Team is looking for graduate and undergraduate students to join us this summer as we build the flight unit of our satellite, SOC-i, which is launching to space next spring.  AACT is an organization committed to learning engineering skills together and applying them to the challenging problem of spaceflight.  Our members have gone on to jobs and internships at companies like SpaceX, Tesla, Blue Origin, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, and more. 
Who can apply?
Anyone – no experience necessary, just self-motivation and a willingness to learn.  Your involvement can be full-time or part-time.  We are also remote work-friendly, depending on the project.
What can I work on?
We are seeking talented students for projects spanning embedded systems, communications, and power electronics – including, but not limited to:
  • Imaging: SOC-i has a camera on board that will take images of the Earth from space.  We need to run the hardware through testing, further develop software for controlling the camera, and incorporate design changes to the circuit architecture.
  • Flight computer: We have built a custom onboard computer to control the entire satellite.  The PCB hardware needs testing and design changes to produce a rev2 that will fly aboard SOC-i in space.  There is also a large amount of flight software to develop in freeRTOS and C.
  • Communications: there are radio and antenna on SOC-i that enable communication with a ground station here at UW.  We need to develop software to allow the flight computer to control and communicate with this hardware.  We also need people to test the hardware and incorporate changes into a final version that will fly in space.
If you are not interested in these project areas, there are still plenty of other opportunities on the team that can suit your interests. 
How do I apply?
To get involved, please submit an application at this link and follow the steps listed after submitting.  Our application process is not selective but rather is designed to help you find the best fit for your interests.