About the GAS Team
The Get Away Special (GAS) Student Satellite Team is a student-run CubeSat team within Utah State University's Department of Physics. The purpose of the GAS Team is to provide students at USU the opportunity to develop and learn about satellites directly, resulting in unique experiences that will propel students in their future careers.
The team was founded in 1976 and originally flew Space Shuttle experiments through NASA's Get Away Special Program. Today, the GAS Team designs and builds CubeSats. The team's first CubeSat, GASPACS, was deployed into space in January 2022 and deorbited in May 2022. GASPACS was an incredible success, completing all mission objectives over 117 days in space. The team's current mission is GASRATS, which is expected to launch in 2026.
Learn More About the GAS Team
GASRATSThe GAS Team is currently developing the Get Away Special Radio and Antenna Transparency Satellite (GASRATS). GASRATS is a 3U CubeSat education and technology demonstration mission with the goal of providing students the opportunity to learn about and interact with designing, building, and operating a satellite.
GASRATS's payload is an optically transparent S-band patch antenna, integrated on the face of a solar panel. After demonstration on GASRATS, the transparent patch antenna will provide a cost and volume-effective alternative for future missions requiring higher bandwidth antennas. GASRATS will also include an outreach program that will aim to educate and inspire all K-12 students in the state of Utah. GASRATS is expected to launch in 2026.
Joining the Team
The GAS Team is open to students of all majors at USU willing to dedicate time to putting their name in space. If you are seeking unique challenges, broad learning opportunities, valuable connections, or even just fellow space nerds, come get involved this semester!
Although we're now outside our usual fall semester onboarding, we are still accepting students year-round and we encourage you to apply! The application process is simple and will help you in getting started. We look forward to going to space with you!
Join me to congratulate the team from Utah State University who successfully deployed a CubeSat from the International Space Station after ten years of development work. It is now successfully operating in space, communicating with ground networks across the world. Inspiring!
GASPACS was the GAS Team's previous mission and the world's first CubeSat to be built entirely by undergraduates! GASPACS was in development for over 10 years before being completed in August 2021. GASPACS launched to the International Space Station in December 2021, and was then deployed in January 2022. GASPACS was in space for 117 days before deorbiting in May 2022. The mission was an outstanding success and brought many new accomplishments to the GAS Team's long legacy of student experiments in space.
The GAS Team works in partnership with local and national entities, individuals, and collaborative groups.
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