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The Competition

The Astranis SEDS SAT-2 competition will call on SEDS chapters across the country to submit a design for a novel 1U CubeSat that will then be launched and deployed by NanoRacks, LLC, with Astranis donating the cost of the launch.

More details will be announced at the official opening of the competition during SpaceVision 2018 – sign up for the introductory Astranis/NanoRacks workshop for pre-registered teams to learn about designing, building, and integrating a CubeSat for low Earth orbit at the conference.

The History

SEDSat 1 (Students for the Exploration & Development of Space – Satellite) is an american microsatellite. It was to obtain images of the Earth and distribute them through the Internet from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It also served as a relay for amateur radio communications.

SEDSat 1 was launched as a piggy back payload mounted on stage 2 of a three stage Delta-7326 launch vehicle, which sent the Deep Space 1 (DS 1)space probe into a solar orbit. It was designed with a lifetime of five years, but was still semi operational in 2013.