March 31, 2022

The Aeronautics & Astronautics CubeSat Team is actively recruiting new members to join our team. We are a student-led team (RSO) working to deliver a satellite to low-earth orbit that will demonstrate controls research developed here at UW and return pictures from space. Our goal is to give students hands-on experience developing hardware and software for missions bound for space. We already have a launch identified and will be sending our satellite to orbit in June 2022. Now is the best time to get involved to have an impact and help us get to space!
We are looking for people for the following subsystems – no prior experience is required, but any relevant experience with radio communication, software development/testing, embedded systems, or space systems in general is highly sought after:
  1. Communications – Test communication between our satellite’s radio and ground station. Write code used to demodulate satellite transmissions and decode the data into packets, and build a webpage to publish this information.
  2. Command & Data Handling – Test our on-board flight computer, manage telemetry packaging, write code for a watchdog timer. Code is written primarily in C and FreeRTOS.
  3. Mission Control Center – Develop code for the ground station, including writing software to encrypt commands to the satellite. Test the user interface in COSMOS to visualize essential data from the spacecraft in real-time. Build and test the ground station hardware including an antenna, LNA, rotors, and a transceiver.
  4. Imaging – Write flight software to operate the camera, determine an optimal camera settings for orbit, and perform environmental testing.
  5. We also may have new projects available on our Guidance Navigation & Controls, Structures, Thermal, and Configuration, and Electrical Power System teams.
We are an educational team and accept people from all backgrounds and levels of experience. If you have a passion for space and want to get involved, you can fill out an application on our website:
Please reach out to if you have any questions!