The Competition

The Astranis SEDS SAT-2 competition calls 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.

The competition was officially launched at SpaceVision 2018, where the competition Request for Proposal (RFP) was released, and an Astranis/NanoRacks workshop was held to give teams an introduction to designing, building, and integrating a CubeSat for low Earth orbit.

A recording of this workshop is linked below, and the slides from will soon be released and published to this site.


All participating teams must submit a Notice of Intent to participate by April 1st, 2019.  Final Proposals are due May 1st, 2019.


Request for Proposal (RFP) and Official Rules Document

SpaceVision 2018 Workshop Video Recording

SpaceVision 2018 NanoRacks PowerPoint

Submit Notice of Intent (NOI): Open until April 1, 2019

Submit RFP Questions: This form will be open until the proposal deadline. See responses to questions in the link below.

RFP Questions and Responses

Currently Participating SEDS Chapters


Rice University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Virginia Tech

University of California San Diego

Texas A&M University

University of Colorado Boulder

Purdue University

University of North Texas

University of Texas at Arlington

Ohio State University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Arizona State University

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.