Vermont Lunar CubeSat Project
WCAX coverage of the
Ours ( cubesatlab.org ) is on the Minotaur 1 launch.
An estimated 37 satellites carrying amateur radio payloads are expected to be deployed this week.
VERMONT'S OWN "CUBESAT"
WCAX coverage of the VTC project
Space Grant Consortium Affiliates and VT NASA EPSCoR TAC Committee
Please see the following message from VSGC/NASA EPSoR Director, Darren
On behalf of the
Vermont Space Grant & NASA EPSCoR Program,
pleased to inform you that the State of Vermont now has its own "cubesat"
satellite in space as of last evening.
Lander" CubeSat project developed at Vermont Technical College under
Prof. Carl Brandon
successfully launched along with 10 other university cubesats aboard a
rocket last night around 8:30 PM EST from NASA's Wallops Island Launch
Facility in Virginia. The latest update from VTC is that
successfully established radio communications with their cubesat in
orbit. In addition to the primary satellite development work
VTC, additional logisitical support in communications and orbit
planning was provided by collaborating faculty and students at
University, St. Michael's College and the University of Vermont.
To view the
video of the launch, see
you'd like to
read more about the CubeSat Launch program, see
This project was
initiated through the Vermont Space Grant with a Consortium
Development Award to VTC in 2009; since that initial two-year
project has received ongoing annual support from both the Vermont
Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR programs.
Darren L. Hitt,
Interim Director, Vermont Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR
Four CubeSats will deploy from the International Space Station on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19/20, the rest in two separate launches. The first launch, a Minotaur-1 rocket from Wallops Island Virginia, will be sometime after 00:30 UT, Wednesday, November 20, the other will be a Dnepr from Dombarovsky near Yasny at 07:10:11 UT on Thursday, November 21.
Live TV coverage of the Minotaur-1 launch
Live TV coverage of the Dnepr launch
ISS CubeSats Deploy Tuesday and Wednesday
November Amateur Satellite Deployments with frequency list
FUNcube-1 Welcome to launch week!
The VT CubeSat Lunar Lander Project project
was initiated with support from the VTSGC's
2009 CDC award and is being supported this
year by Vermont's NASA EPSCoR Project
through a research minigrant to Prof. Carl
Brandon at Vermont technical College. Prof.
Brandon has been awarded a NASA launch
opportunity next year for a 1-U CubeSat that
will test aspects of the Lander package's
navigation system in orbit.
is tentatively set for July 2013
Dr. Carl Brandon, CubeSat Director, VT
Dr. Peter Chapin, CubeSat
Lab Software Director
Jeremy Audet, Student
Software Development & Hardware Interface
Matt Ward, Student Software Development &
Dr. Randolph (Danner)
Friend, CubeSat Team, Norwich University
Jacques Beneat, CubeSat Team, Norwich University
Kierra Johnson, Electrical Engineering, Norwich
Electrical Engineering, Norwich University
Muzarbek Zholoshev, Electrical Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Norwich University
Robert Martin, Mechanical Engineering, Norwich
COMPARISON OF LOW COST TRANSFER ORBITS FOR A
LUNAR CUBESAT MISSION
Dr. Jun Yu, Lunar CubeSat Team Leader,
University of Vermont
Graduate Research Assistant, University of
Emily Pratt, Mathematics and
Economics, St. Michael's College
Young, Mathematics, University of Vermont
Vermont Public Television's Emerging Science
"Out of this World" shown on Wednesday, October
26th at 8:00pm featured our CubeSat project.
It is now online at:
Thank you to
all who contributed, we have reached our goal!
Partner in the Launch
to help this wonderful
collaboration of several VT Universities/College..
Your Contribution will help to get this
Send to the attention of Laurel Zeno
VT Space Grant Consortium/
Burlington, VT 05405
Paper on Lunar Lander/OrbitorCubesat
Carl Brandon, VTC
2009 Consortia Award to VTC in Vermont!
VTC won the 2009 Consortia
Award/NASA and will launch in 2012
Professor Carl Brandon, Lead Research Team
Vermont Technical College (VTC)
VTC won the 2009 Consortia Award/NASA and will launch in 2012
Jun Yu, VSGC Lead
University of Vermont, Jeff Frolick
Michael's College_2 undergrad students
Norwich, Danner Friend
and Ron Lessard, plus undergrad students
Vermont Lunar CubeSat Project Information
NASA is announcing a new initiative to
launch small cube-shaped satellites. CubeSats are a
class of research spacecraft called picosatellites,
having a size of approximately four inches, a volume of
about one quart, and weighing no more than 2.2 pounds.
The CubeSats are planned as auxiliary payloads on launch
vehicles already planned for 2011 and 2012.
NASA made our first open announcement to create an
agency-prioritized list of available CubeSats in April
From that first announcement a total of 12 CubeSat
payloads were down-selected for launch opportunities.
The down-selected proposals include contributions from
the following educational institutions: Auburn
University, California Polytechnic State University,
Medgar Evers College - City University of New York,
Montana State University, Regents of the University of
Colorado, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of
California, University of New Hampshire, University of
Michigan, Utah State, and Vermont Technical College.
(exerpt from NASA website on
CubeSat Initiative )
Professor Carl Brandon, Satellite
Vermont Technical College (VTC)
Part of the Crawl, Walk, Run and Fly Projects administered by the NASA Space
Grant Consortia 0 a 10cm x 10cm student built satellite
To purchase a kit, go to
CubeSat Kit™ Pumpkin
We have been
selected for a launch by NASA for our
one unit CubeSat
to test our
navigation system in orbit in 2012!
Announcement from NASA.
Dr. Carl S. Brandon
Vermont Tech CubeSat Lab Director
Professional Projects of Carl
Brandon, VTC (taken from his website)