July 8, 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 this year that we are readying our satellite for.
Our biggest need right now is to recruit people who are interested in developing their software skills and/or building experience working with embedded systems. This is a really great opportunity for anyone looking for a hands-on project on hardware that will be going to space this summer!
Below are several subsystems of the satellite for which we are recruiting. No prior experience is required, but any relevant experience with software development/testing, embedded systems, radio communications, or a general interest in space systems 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.
  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.
  4. Guidance Navigation & Controls – Implement and test the software that will control the satellite and perform maneuvers in space.
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: www.aact.space
Please reach out to aact@uw.edu if you have any questions!