Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PDT
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(September 19, 2020) University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Prof. Scott Palo and his students | AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF 1st Place Winners |  The nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR) @ UNLV

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10 AM

University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
with Prof. Scott Palo
his students 
Prof. Scott Palo
Victor Charles Schelke Endowed Professor
Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado Boulder, and
Chair, AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee (SmSTC)
the students:
MAXWELL – Matt Zola
CU-E3 (To be launched on Artemis-1) – Brodie Wallace
CIRBE – Evan Bauch
AeroDesign Team of USC:
The 2019-2020 AIAA DBF
1st Place Winners
AeroDesign Team of USC
Randi Arteaga, Program Manager,
Chair, AIAA USC Student Branch
Drew Hudock, Chief Engineer
Colton Bullard, Payloads Lead
Erin Pugh, Landing Gear Lead
Diana Salcedo-Pierce, Structures Lead
Jack Ahrens, Aerodynamics, Stability & Control Lead
Jackson Markow, Performance Lead
Mikell Myers, Propulsion Lead
The Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Rocket (NTPR)
Valerie Lawdensky
PhD candidate in nuclear and thermal engineering at UNLV
Graduate Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Students at the University of Colorado in Boulder put together this "flatsat" simulator of their MAXWELL cubesat, which they connect to remotely to test software from home. | Credit: University of Colorado Boulder; Aerospace America
University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Prof. Scott Palo and his students
Aerospace America reported (8 May, 2020) that in Amanda’s Miller’s telephone interview with University of Colorado, Boulder aerospace and engineering sciences Professor Scott Palo – who chairs AIAA’s Small Satellite Technical Committee – the two discussed his work with University of Colorado graduate students on the development of the MAXWELL cubesat. In his basement, Palo “has hooked up a battery power supply, soldering tools and an oscilloscope – all liberated from his lab” before the COVID-19 pandemic forced him and his students to leave campus. The “idea was to ‘have the tools of the testing’ ready to continue trying out cubesat components and software either at home or by connecting to the lab remotely, he says.” Anticipating the campus closure, “a student team worked in the lab for three days to set up a flatsat, or simulated, version of their upcoming U.S. Air Force-funded MAXWELL cubesat, short for Multiple Access X-band Wave Experiment Located in LEO. From their homes, Palo and his students access, via the internet, this networked array of electronics that are just like the ones planned for MAXWELL, which is now in the testing phase.” This way, “they can continue to upload software for testing.” MAXWELL is “one of 18 small satellites selected by NASA to be deployed as secondary rocket payloads from 2021 to 2023.” MAXWELL “will demonstrate a radio design for smallsats.”
Scott Palo is the Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has 20 years of experience in higher education, is the director of the Space Technology Integration Lab, co-director of the Active Remote Sensing Lab and former Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU. Since 2001 he has been involved with the design, construction and operation of numerous small satellites including DANDE, CSSWE, MinXSS-1&2 and QB50-Challenger all which have flown. He is leading the development of CU-E3, Maxwell and SWARM-EX cubesats. CU-E3 will launch on the SLS with Artemis-1 and will be one of the first Deep Space CubeSats to be flown.

Dr. Palo is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, Senior Member of the IEEE and has won numerous awards including an NSF Early Career Award, AIAA Rocky Mountain Region Educator of the year and the United States Antarctic Service medal.
In 2018 Dr. Palo chose to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and co-founded Blue Cubed LLC, a new space startup company focused on the development of next generation communications technology to support the rapidly expanding small satellite market. Dr. Palo currently splits his time between Blue Cubed and CU where he continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate students in the skills required to design, build, test and operate small satellites and other emerging aerospace technologies.
the students:

MAXWELL – Matt Zola
CU-E3 (To be launched on Artemis-1) – Brodie Wallace
CIRBE – Evan Bauch
AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 DBF 1st Place Winners
The AeroDesign Team of USC is the university’s official entrant into the annual AIAADesign/Build/Fly competition. The USC AeroDesign Team placed 1st in the competition, andhad the highest scoring report. Join us as the student-run team provides a deep dive into theefforts behind their winning plane and takes us through their eight-month-long process ofdesigning, building, flying, and winning.
Randi Arteaga
Program Manager
Randi Arteaga is currently a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering fromthe University of Southern California. She is currently the Program Manager of the AeroDesignTeam, and has previously held the roles of Operations Manager and Propulsion Lead her juniorand sophomore years, respectively. Outside of ADT, Randi serves as the Branch Chair of theAIAA USC Student Chapter, and has previously worked at the Space Engineering ResearchCenter in Marina Del Rey, CA working on nanosatellites. Randi is currently attending flightschool out of Long Beach, CA, and upon graduation hopes to further pursue her dreams of oneday becoming an airline pilot.
Drew Hudock
Chief Engineer
Drew Hudock is from the town of Owatonna, MN, and is currently a senior pursuing a B.S. inAerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California. Drew’s long-held passion forairplanes and space, coupled with his interest in math and science, made this a natural field forhim to study. He has been a member of the AeroDesign Team of USC since his sophomore year,previously holding positions as a general member and as Structures Captain. Drew continues hisinvolvement this year in the role of Chief Engineer. Outside of his time spent on coursework andADT, he enjoy reading books, running, and exploring nature.
Colton Bullard
Payloads Lead
Colton Bullard is currently an undergraduate junior at the University of Southern California studying Aerospace Engineering. Heis originally from Portsmouth, New Hampshire but has spent the majority of his time in Los Angeles for the last three years.Colton is the Payloads Captain for the AeroDesign Team, and his main responsibilities include designing ways for a givenpayload to be stored, deployed, or attached to the plane. In addition to the Aero Design Team, Colton also is an undergraduateresearch assistant at the Wireless Devices and Systems Group at USC. His current project focuses on Drone Channel Sounding inUrban environments. Colton’s main responsibilities are flying the UAV, securing the payload onto the UAV, and creatingautomated flight maps for the UAV to follow. Outside of USC Colton is a part-time employee at University Tire and AutoService, working as a vehicle technician, customer service representative, and managing inventory and shop upkeep.
Erin Pugh
Landing Gear Lead
Erin Pugh is a rising senior from the south side of Chicago. She studies Mathematics at theUniversity of Southern California but has a great interest in Aerospace engineering. She has beenwith the AeroDesign Team for two years and currently serves as landing gear captain. She hasdone many things in her community, but one achievement she is most proud of is mentoringyoung kids who want to go into her field specifically. Her biggest dream is to one day own herown airline and after that, an aerospace company.
Diana Salcedo-Pierce
Structures Lead
Diana Salcedo-Pierce is in her third undergraduate year at USC, studying aerospace engineeringwith a minor in computer programming. She first joined ADT her freshman year, later becomingBuild captain the following year, and eventually becoming Structures Captain this year. She'salso an External Relations Director for USC's SHPE (Society of Hispanic ProfessionalEngineers). In her free time, she practices violin and French. Throughout her lifetime, Dianaaspires to help minority students realize their academic and professional endeavors.
Jack Ahrens
Aerodynamics, Stability & Control Lead
A proud member of the AeroDesign Team of USC, Jack is pursuing his Bachelor’s and Master’sDegrees in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California. As a freshman, Jackdeveloped payload storage and deployment solutions for USC’s entry into the AIAA DBF 2018-19 Competition. Through his experience working closely with the payloads at the competition inTucson that year, Jack wanted to be more hands-on with the entire plane going forward. Jack wasin charge of final integration and testing of all aircraft systems during lab tests and test flightsduring his sophomore year, and enjoyed the role so much he elected to continue it into his junioryear. Since his freshman year, Jack has been passionate about performance and aerodynamics,studying under past captains to learn the different technologies and methodologies used todetermine how a particular aircraft will behave for a given mission. Now in his junior year, Jackis also the Aerodynamics, Stability & Control captain for the AeroDesign Team, and isresponsible for selecting the ideal airfoil for the competition aircraft, sizing the tails for controland stability, and running static and dynamic stability analysis to ensure the aircraft will behaveas desired in flight. Since May 2020, Jack has worked on UAS projects for both the U.S. Navyand U.S. Air Force at Tanner Research in Monrovia, CA, taking on many of the same analysisand testing responsibilities as with the AeroDesign Team.
Jackson Markow
Performance Lead
Jackson Markow is a technologist, problem-solver, and pilot from Montpelier, Vermont in his thirdyear of studies for an Aerospace Engineering degree at USC. During his freshman year on the team,Jackson worked alongside the payloads team where he helped brainstorm and prototype variousdesigns, and further progressed into the Payloads Lead during his sophomore year. Currently heserves as the Performance Lead for the AeroDesign Team where he uses our in-house program tooptimize for a high-scoring competition plane. Jackson currently lives in LA, and when he's not inclass or club meetings, he can be found working as a sound technician, exploring the area, orlistening to records in his apartment.
Mikell Myers
Propulsion Lead
Mikell Myers is the Propulsion Lead for the University of Southern California’s AeroDesignTeam. As the Propulsion Lead, he works to select, size, and optimize electronic speedcontrollers, motors, propellers, and batteries. Mikell is a Junior studying Aerospace Engineeringat USC. In 2017, while still in high school, he began working as the Baltimore PolytechnicInstitute’s Chief Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Space Exploration Challenge Team. Herehe became a four-time Ingenuity Project Leadership Award recipient and received The NationalSociety of Black Engineers Special Achievement Award. He moved on to become a member ofthe AeroDesign Team at USC in 2019, working on payload optimization. This year, becomingmore heavily involved with the team as a Lead.
Artist's impression of bimodal NTR engines on a Mars Transfer Vehicle (MTV). Cold launched, it would be assembled in-orbit by a number of Block 2 SLS payload lifts. The Orion spacecraft is docked on the left. (Wikipedia)