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 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.


Competing teams will hear back about the results of the competition in June.


Request for Proposal (RFP) and Official Rules Document

SpaceVision 2018 Workshop Video Recording

SpaceVision 2018 NanoRacks PowerPoint

RFP Questions and Responses

Participating SEDS Chapters

Arizona State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Institute of Technology
Ohio State University
Purdue University
Rice University
Texas A&M University
University of Arizona
University of California San Diego
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado Boulder
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Texas at Arlington
Utah State University
Virginia Tech

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.