Competition Overview

 FUNSAT Competition Overview:


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

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

                4.  May 2017: Workshop & Introduction to 2017-2019 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.

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 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).

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