Update: November 19, 2015 – United Launch Alliance Reveals Transformational CubeSat Launch Program

As the most experienced launch company in the nation, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today it is taking CubeSat rideshares to the next level by launching a new, innovative program offering universities the chance to compete for free CubeSat rides on future launches.

More —-   http://spaceref.com/nasa-hack-space/united-launch-alliance-reveals-transformational-cubesat-launch-program.html

Update: November 4, 2015 – CubeSat Decision Advisor Tool

CubeSat Decision Advisor Tool on existing missions – the mission can be at any life cycle stage! Your usage of the tool will not only help your mission, but will help to validate the tool and prove its usefulness for journal publication.

If you are interested, please read Katharine Gamble’s  research website where you can request to obtain the tool, access the User’s Guide, and view videos showing how to use the tool. Additional questions? Please feel free to contact her directly.

Research website:

Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble, PhD
https://sites.google.com/site/ brumbaughresearch/

Updates: October 19, 2015 – AMSAT Symposium Videos Now Online

AMSAT Symposium Videos Now Online
New ham radio promotional video features amateur satellites and ISS
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/10/15/new-ham-radio-promotional-video/IARU Agree New Satellite Guidelines
Surrey Space Centre’s latest work on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s compute module as the grunt behind their rendezvous & docking technology research. More academic info in their papers:https://www.academia.edu/16685779/Using_CubeSat_micro-satellite_technology_to_demonstrate_the_Autonomous_Assembly_of_a_Reconfigurable_Space_Telescope_AAReST_
Short link goo.gl/Fjkg4Chttps://www.academia.edu/3073489/STRaND-2_Visual_Inspection_Proximity_Operations_and_Nanosatellite_Docking
Short link goo.gl/2bSdbOCompute Module CubeSats – post about work of Chris Bridges 2E0OBC and the Surrey Space Centre


Second Biennial FUNSAT Competition UPDATES

  • 7 teams from 6 universities (Univ. of Central Florida (2), Florida International University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of North Florida, Florida Institute of Technology) are participating in the competition – UPDATED OCTOBER 7, 2016
  • The schedule for the second biennial FUNSAT is now up. Be sure to take note of the various deadlines, but also be aware that some of the later dates are tentative
  • An updated summary of the Tech CD is now available: September 17, 2015: Click here
  • Up-to-date guidelines and evaluation criteria for both the progress report and detailed design report will be posted soon.
  • FUNSAT Workshop – May , 2016 (exact date and location TBD)


  • Overview  of FUNSAT Competition are:
    • Goal: Build multi-university FUNSAT every two years and launch regularly
    • Schedule: Two (2) year program
    • Funding & Support: Sufficient to build a flight model
    • 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
  • The Overall Schedule is:
  1. Fall ‘15 – Spring ‘16: Design & Development
  2. May 2016: Workshop & Selection
  3. Summer ’16 – Spring ‘17:
  • 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
  1. May 2017: Workshop & Introduction to 2017-2019 Competition


  • Tentative award amounts are:
  1. First Prize: At least $10,000 for the material cost
  2. Finalist and also selected for the flight model development: $2,000/team for the material cost (up to three teams)
  3. All teams that submit an acceptable progress report in December 2015 will receive $500. These funds should be used to defray the cost of travelling to the workshop. The funds will be awarded to the faculty advisor and the funds cannot be used for student support
  4. Travel support up to two (2) students for their presentation at the USU/AIAA Small Satellite Conference (other Satellite conferences may be considered).




UPDATE: April 21, 2014


The FUNSAT workshop will be held at the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) building at Exploration Park, adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center on May 8, 2014 from 10:00am to 4pm.

We will be providing lunch. All other details related to the workshop will be emailed to everyone in the near future. 

All teams that have submitted their DDR are expected to make a presentation or have a poster display at the workshop on May 8th. The 3 finalists will be making a presentation at the workshop while the rest are expected to have a poster display. The format for the presentations and poster can be downloaded from the link below


The 3 finalists will be announced on May 2, 2014. We request the 3 finalist to email us their final presentation by May 6, 2014. The other teams can bring their posters at the workshop. We will be selecting the winner of the competition on May 8, 2014 at the workshop. Following the announcement, we will ask the winning team to choose 2 or 3 other teams to help them build the whole satellite. Details on the procedure will be emailed  few days before the workshop. The winning team will have to rely on the 2 other presentations and the poster displays to make their choices of sub-contractors for the whole satellite.

UPDATE: March 4, 2014

The FUNSAT VIII  (2013-14) workshop will be held at the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) building at Exploration Park, adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center on May 8, 2014 from 10:00am to 4pm.

We will be providing lunch. All other details related to the workshop will be emailed to everyone in the near future.

UPDATE: September 30, 2013

The FUNSAT CD is updated. Please click on the following link to access the updated CD via dropbox folder


Please note that the dropbox folder also includes the evaluation criteria

UPDATE: September 26, 2013

The guidelines for the progress report and detailed design have been uploaded. Please go to the schedule section or download them here

Eval_progress – Progress report and evaluation guidelines

Eval_DDR – Detailed Design report and evaluation guidelines

UPDATE: September 19, 2013

13 teams from 9 universities have sent in notices of intent to participate in the competition!

Florida Institute of Technology (2)

University of West Florida (1)

Florida International University (2)

University of Miami (1)

University of Central Florida (3)

Florida Gulf Coast University (1)

University of Florida (1)

University of North Florida (1)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1)


DROPBOX LINK FOR TECH CD (preliminary – will be updated by the end of September)


The evaluation criteria and the format for the CDR and DDR will be uploaded by the end of September


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