Competition Overview

 FUNSAT Competition Overview:


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

2. Schedule: Two (2) year program. Workshop in 2019 for the 2018-2020 FUNSAT program for presentations by the 3 finalists and selection of a winner.

3. Funding & Support: All teams that submit an acceptable progress report in December 2018 will receive $500 to to defray the cost of travelling to the workshop. $1000 for up to 3 teams to build a flight model to test their design in a weather balloon or sounding rocket or zero-g flights,  etc.  Winner of the competition will receive $5000 for the partial support in the construction of the satellite.

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 ‘18 – Spring ‘19: Design & Development

2.    May 2019: Workshop & Selection

3.    Summer ’19 – Spring ‘20:

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 20120: Workshop & Introduction to 2020-2022 Competition

  • Award & Support

1. First Prize: At least $5000 for the material cost and  a possible summer internship for the team leader who will continue with the team during the second year. The internship can only be provided to an US Citizen.

2. Teams selected for the flight model development will be provided $1,000/team for the material cost (up to three teams). The flight model can be tested in a weather balloon or sounding rocket etc.

3. All teams that submit an acceptable progress report in December 2018 and confirm attendance at the FUNSAT Workshop in 2019, 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. The procedure for receiving the funds will be emailed to the faculty advisor of the teams that have submitted an acceptable progress report.

4. Travel support up to two to three (2 to 3) students from the three finalist teams, for their presentation at the USU/AIAA Small Satellite Conference (other Satellite conferences may be considered).

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