Tom Christensen
07/08/2021

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GASPACS | Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite

 


GASPACS laser engraved front plate and backplate
 Engraved frontplate of the GAS Team's Satellite

GASPACS Mission Objective:

Deploy 1 meter long boom from a 1U cube SAT to acheive stabalization in low Earth orbit (LEO).

  • After being deployed from the ISS, deploy a meter long boom, measure and relay attitude data.
  • Take a picture of the aeroboom and verify proper inflation.

The Get Away Special Team is an undergraduate, extracurricular research team within the Utah State University Physics Department that gives students the opportunity to learn real-world engineering skills by effectively contributing to aerospace research.  We are fueled by the passion of our team to design, develop, test, and produce something that will advance space technology.  We take pride in producing individuals who are prepared to enter the workforce or continue in academia as innovative and cooperative members or leaders of their teams.




How We're Getting To Low Earth Orbit | LEO

 

  • FlatSat Integration
  • Critical Design Review
  • Complete Flight Unit Sub-Systems Complete
  • Complete Flight Unit Assembly
  • Deliver Nanoracks
  • 1U CubeSat Deployed from ISS via Nanoracks NRCSD
    • Inclination 51.6°, Altitude ~419 km
  • Expected mission duration:  1-3 months


 Satellite boom deploy concept in orbit

Scheduled Deployment Information

Deployment Milestones Date
FlatSat Integration Complete October 26, 2020
Critical Design Review December 4, 2020
Flight Unit Sub-Systems Complete May 1, 2021
Final Testing Completed August 1, 2021
Satellite Ready for Turnover August 1, 2021
Margin for Unexpected Delays 4 Months
Delivery to NanoRacks August 28, 2021
Launch! Q4 2021

 

CubeSat Launch Initiative | CSLI

 

Utah State University's GAS Team GASPACS project is a part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative. All features of the project have to pass through NASA's rigerous quality and safety reviews. With these high standards and expectation. The GAS Team has had the opportunity to build a satellite that meets professional and scientific standards of the highest degree.

 

  • NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) offers a low-cost path for universities and non-profit organizations to conduct science experiments in space
  • USU is responsible for designing and building GASPACS, along with the associated costs
  • The costs of launching GASPACS to space are covered by NASA

 

GASPACS Proposal

  • Integrating a 1 m long inflatable boom structure filled with UV curing epoxy onto a 1U CubeSat platform.
  • Proposal submitted by James Gardiner.
  • Accepted into NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) in 2014.

 

boom deployed in high altitude balloon test

 

 

Significance to Space Technologies:

Assembling structures such as space stations in orbit currently requires all the structural elements to be launched from Earth to orbit. This has a launch weight cost but also a volume cost. Preassembled structures have a large empty volume which impacts launcher volume capacity. Our GASPACS concept addressess the latter volume constraint in that the launch material of deployable compact forms along with liquids minimizes volume, although the weight stays the same as the the final in-orbit structure. The GASPACS technology demonstration is to deploy from the 4"x4"x4" CubeSat a one meter long, two inch diameter boom. In this scenario the boom becomes an attitude stabilizing component of the satellite.

Special Thanks

The Utah State University Get Away Special program has enjoyed extensive support from both the private sector and USU since its inaugeration in 1977. Our benefactor began with the late Gilbert Moore and Rex Megil who created, mentored, and supported the program here at USU. Over what is almost 45 years major fiscal support has come from GAS team alumni, USU research office, Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium, and contributions from a wide range of interested individuals. The program is run by students passionate about space and careers. USU has provided intradisciplinary students facilities to enable hands-on learning to complement academic pursuits.

Documentation

In order for the GAS Team's Passive Attitude Satellite to be launched and controlled, extensive documentation has to be made for authorization and functional utilization of the satellite.

 

GASPACS Fellowship Members

Jack Danos

Jack Danos

GAS Team Coordinator

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Alex Allgrunn

Alex Allgrunn

Software Team

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Evan Anderson

Evan Anderson

Software Team

Computer Science

Daniel Ashby

Daniel Ashby

Communication Team Leader

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tom Christensen

Tom Christensen

Website and Software Developer

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Daniel Combs

Daniel Combs

Software Team

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Cooper Gowen

Cooper Gowen

Mechanical Team

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Josh Hessing

Josh Hessing

Software Team

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shawn Braden Jones

Shawn Braden Jones

Software Team Leader

Computer Engineering

Ryan King

Ryan King

Communication Team

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis

Electrical Team Leader

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Donna Metcalf

Donna Metcalf

Electrical Team

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Mechanical Team

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Carter Page

Carter Page

Mechanical Team Leader

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

Contact Us

The GAS Team at USU works in partnership with local and national entities, individuals and colaborative groups. Feel free to reach out to us with your questions about our program here at USU.

Contact us: coordinator@gas.usu.edu

Join The Team

The Utah State University GAS Team welcomes all USU students to participate in leading technological development in space. Ask us about the Communications, Electrical, Software and Mechanical Teams to know more about how you can be a part of the GAS Team.

Sign up on our Google Form Here: https://forms.gle/3iqA4AxjXRrtdPQx6