Competition Overview


  • Major Changes of FUNSAT Competition are:


1. Goal: Build multi-university FUNSAT every two years and launch regularly

2. Schedule: Two (2) year program

3. Funding & Support: Sufficient to build a flight model

4. Major Evaluation Criteria: Select a team for FUNSAT construction with other  universities: 1) feasibility of the flight model development & space launch, 2) technical merits of the mission/satellite, 3) teaming & participation, and 4) supports – school & external sponsors


  • Categories

1. Entire Satellite

2. Payload or Subsystem

  • Entry

Up to two entries from each school (up  to three entries if at least one of them is for a subsystem)

  • COTS

Use of COTS components and existing designs is permissible

  • The Overall Schedule is:

1.    Fall ‘13 – Spring ‘14: Design & Development

2.    May 2014: Workshop & Selection

3.    Summer ’14 – Spring ‘15:

Establish a team for the construction (FUNSAT winning university and other universities
Coordinating with FUNSAT Team (logistics)
Construction of a FM / prototype testing on weather balloons, sounding rockets, zero-g flights

                4.  May 2015: Workshop & Introduction to 2015-2017 Competition

  • Award & Support

1. First Prize: At least $10,000 for the material cost and  a possible summer internship for the team leader who will continue with the team during the second year. A $25,000 research award to the faculty advisor may be provided in the second year of the competition (subject to availability of funds)

2. Teams selected for the flight model development will be provided $2,000/team for the material cost (up to three teams)

3. All teams that submit an acceptable progress report in December 2013 will receive $1,000 to fund the detailed design.

4. Travel support up to two (2) students for their presentation at the USU/AIAA Small Satellite Conference (other Satellite conferences may be considered).

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