Spring semester project

SSPI Satellite Challenge

Work as part of a team, along with an assigned mentor, to help identify a solution to a real-life problem in the satellite and observation industry.

The SSPI Satellite  starts in the Fall academic year and culminates at SpaceVision 2020. Below is a brief overview of the Competition:

Space debris is an issue of growing concern, with the potential to block access to space, as dramatically illustrated in the film Gravity.  The Kessler Syndrome shown in the film was proposed by NASA scientist Donald Kessler in 1978: a scenario in which the density of objects in low earth orbit is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade, where each collision generates space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions.  The distribution of the resulting debris could render space activities and the use of satellites unfeasible for many generations. The challenges to cleaning up low earth orbit are part regulatory, part technical but very much about business model.  What are the sources of space debris: yesterday, today and tomorrow – including the larger number of proposed mega-constellations orbiting the earth with no onboard propulsion?  Who pays to protect the “orbital commons?”  How can the costs and responsibilities be equitably shared and that cost-and-responsibility sharing best enforced?  What bright ideas exist for clearing it out?  What combination of space law and policy, new technology and economic motivators will be required to reduce the existing cloud of space debris and to prevent additional space debris from being created?

Project Manager: Nicole

Nicole Chase is the current Director of Projects. Nicole is also the current Director of the Student Space Ambassador Program with the Mars Generation and she has been awarded three degrees in the sciences. She has been in science analytics for the past six years and is currently the Database Administrator at Made in Space. her interests, while varied, involve planetary atmospheres, remote sensing, biomaterials, bio-fluids, engineering biology, and researching new, innovative technologies that allow humanity to become a multi-planetary species. She also enjoys writing and performing comedy and doing improvisation.

Competition Deadline is May 31st at 11:59 pm PST