This project started in August of 2018 with the goal of working towards an academic constellation of free-flying CubeSats. The first step is creating a low-cost hardware-in-the-loop simulation platform. A gimbal mounted CubeSat model containing realistic hardware and reaction wheels enables rapid software iteration and testing. Usage will help minimize risks associated with first-time academic CubeSat programs because it reduces difficutly in performing in unit, functional, and system testing of software.

Collaborating with Christopher Manderino under Dr. Alan George through the NSF Center for Space High-Performance and Reconfigurable Computing.

(Left) Early prototype gimbal to hold the CubeSat model
(Center) Model CubeSat replica to be mounted in the gimbal
(Right) Model CubeSat with frame removed to show custom electronics hardware.