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CubeSat Solar Sail

Exhibit Code: GOR-0550
Zone: Recreation Zone
Location: Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR/024) - Main Floor
Time: All Day
Appropriate for all ages? Yes

Miniaturized satellites, also known as CubeSats, have become popular due to their lower cost and quicker build times. Solar sails are a means of propulsion using the photons of the sun on a sail similar to how a boat uses the wind to move. They are much cheaper and lighter than most forms of propulsion. A previous MSD team designed and built a 3U CubeSat with an expanding mechanism for a solar sail. This year a bigger sail and new power system were designed.

Kristin Angel, Adam Stock, Jarrett Pischera, Brett Saxe, Nathan Lindberg


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