CubeSat Structures Competition

Design a CubeSat Structure

Experiments that fly in space need a structure to hold them.  These structures can be of many shapes and sizes depending on the type of rocket that will take them to space.  To mark the first steps of the collaboration between the National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space (EIS) program and EXOS Aerospace Systems and Technologies, Corp. and the initiative to send hundreds of student experiments into space, we are offering this worldwide search to find the perfect CubeSat structure!  

 

Whether you create your CubeSat using 3-D printing, innovative technologies, or new types of materials, you will have fun meeting the challenge of creating a lightweight, strong and easy to duplicate CubeSat.  If your design is chosen in the semifinalist design challenge, you will be given the opportunity to build the structure and send it to EXOS for evaluation.

EXOS SARGE ROCKET

ENTRIES CLOSE APRIL 2, 2018

The Competition

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Millions of people living and working in space.

 The Vision

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Advancing cutting edge technologies that will get us there such as: 3D Printing, expandable habitats, in-space manufacturing, space-based solar power, asteroid mining and more.

 The Journey

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Design a cubesat structure to advance the state-of-art of NewSpace technology.

 The Challenge

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

3D Printed Structure Challenge

  • The structure must be 1U in size (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm).
  • The structure should be a rigid structure that completely encloses and protects the experiment intended to travel inside the CubeSat.
  • Needs to have an access area or lid that can be installed and removed without damage and be easily secured for flight
  • Structure must withstand stresses of 10 g’s sustained
  • Structure must withstand a stress of 15 g’s shock in any axis
  • Light-weight structures will score higher point values
  • Lowest production cost and build time will score higher point values

Standard Structure Challenge

  • The structure must be 1U in size (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm).
  • The structure should be a rigid structure and can be open sided.
  • Needs to have an access area so that an experiment can be installed and removed without damage and be easily secured for flight.
  • Structure must withstand stresses of 10 g’s sustained.
  • Structure must withstand a stress of 15 g’s shock in any axis.
  • Light-weight structures will score higher point values.
  • Lowest production cost and build time will score higher point values.

Extra points for the following will be awarded if they are provided as part of the design:

  • Access port for power (USB connector) or power interface from the carrying vehicle (flush to outside surface preferred)
  • Access to a serial port for data streaming (flush to outside surface preferred)
  • Mounting hardware for experiment installation has been considered and a good design for standardization purposes
  • Utilization and design considered standardization for mounting and power and data sources
  • Design could be scalable and connect to additional 1U structures to support a 2U (3U, etc.) configuration
  • Ease of reproducibility of design & construction

Join us for this exciting challenge and be a part of the NewSpace adventure!

Timeline

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Entries Close

 April 2, 2018

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Up to Ten Semi-Finalists Announced

 May 15, 2018

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Submit Designs for Testing

May 30, 2018

Winning Designs Announced

 June 1, 2018: Two winning designs, one from each category will be announced

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Important Dates, Judging, and Prizes

 Read the following guidelines carefully, and be sure to follow all the rules.

Judging Criteria

Scientific Merit

(30 Points)

Does the project advance or clarify the state of the art in science? Does it explore an original problem or pursue an original approach to an old problem?

Engineering Merit

(30 Points)

Does the project show a knowledge of engineering processes of requirements development, analysis and testing? Also does the design solve a logistic problem with maintenance of the experiment?

Commercial Potential

(30 Points)

Does the project have the potential for solving a need in society?

Originality

(10 Points)

Does the project go beyond textbooks written at the finalists’ grade level? Does it show original thinking in the conduct of the project? Is it creative?

The Prizes

  • Sketchfab one-year professional account ($180 value)

  • Your name flown aboard the NSS Enterprise spacecraft

  • Virtual crew member certificate

  • Your name displayed with spacecraft at museum after re-entry

  • Access to exclusive EIS Content

  • Complimentary associate membership in National Space Society for one year

  • 3D printed prototype of project via 3D Hubs

  • Submit their design for testing

  • *Complimentary registration for up to three (3) members of each teamto the National space Society’s International Space Development Conference® (ISDC), May 25-29, in St. Louis, MO, to present their papers and receive their awards, travel not included.

  • 3D printed prototype of project using engineering-grade material via 3D Hubs

  • Your design will be flown in space and returned to Earth on an EXOS SARGE flight at EXOS’ fight availability

  • An award certificate of merit will be presented at the annual National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference®

  • Results paper published in the award winning Ad Astra magazine and industry trade journal

  • 1-year complimentary full membership to the National Space Society, including a subscription to Ad Astra magazine

JOIN THE COMPETITION, SIGN YOUR TEAM UP TODAY!

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