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Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team

The Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team gives student resources to design, build, test and launch CubeSats into space. Using the CubeSats, the Wolfpack Development Team (WCDT) conducts experiments and the data is turned over to NASA and other organizations.

Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team members created this video for use in Nebraska and NC as we look to find students interested in building CubeSats with us. WCDT members  are preparing to go to space once again.

Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team

Members of the Wolfpack Cubsat Development Team range from ages 11-17.  They have completed their poster for the university competition at the SmallSat  Conference. Their abstract: “AMARIS: A CubeSat Based Lunar Rover” was selected earlier this year.

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Numerous students provided WCDT Program updates at the following Banquets and spoke at:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Joint Palm Beach Section and Weiss High School Chapter – 2018, 2019, 2020.

Missile, Space and Range Pioneers – (KSC Area) – 2017, 2018, 2019

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Cape Canaveral Section – 2017, 2018

International Space Development Conference 2018, 2020

SmallSat Conference 2018, 2019, 2020 (University Poster Competition ‘19, ‘20)

 

Programs and Banquets Continued

International Astronautical Congress 2018 Brehem, Germany (students only)

International Astronautical Congress 2019 Washington, D.C. (Simmons and students)
International Astronautical Congress 2020 Dubai (virtual) 8 of 9 papers selected by Simmons, Christenson and several students

Humans to Mars Summit 2017, 2018, 2019 (student presentations from podium ‘17, ’18; students on panels ’18, ’19) Student C-Span Clip at https://www.c-span.org/person/?michaelevrardvescio

Humans to Mars 2019 STEM Panel with WCDT student Alexa Ernce
https://livestream.com/viewnow/HumanstoMars2019/videos/191240623

3:04:33 Alexa’s intro,
3:07:53 – 3:08:50 Alexa’s first answer
3:10:25 – 3:10:54 Alexa- Important factors in engaging students
3:17:13 – 3:17:54 Alexa- How to inspire students in STEM (and MARS)
3:22:16 – 3:23:28 Alexa- How to advance student learning
3:29:29 – 3:30:38 Janet- Endorsing Weiss faculty/school Alexa answers
3:34:38 – 3:36:36 Alexa- Thoughts on testing/teacher autonomy
3:41:38 – 3:43:07 Alexa- answer to question “How to bridge the gaps between education, STEM,
industry, and the workforce?”
3:47:30 – 3:48:34 Alexa- answer re outreach to Farm Workers Council and next CubeSat mission

Accepted: (Simmons and Students)

“WEISS-SAT1: A Student Developed Microlab for Space Based Research” Submitted abstract to present at the 69th International Astronautical Congress entitled MICROGRAVITY SCIENCES AND PROCESSES SYMPOSIUM (A2), Microgravity Experiments from Sub-Orbital to Orbital Platforms (A2.3) Interactive Presentations (A2.IP), Authors: Rhonda Lyons, Victoria Cross, Christina Cross, Kevin Simmons, Don Platt, Ph.D. 2018

“WEISS-SAT1: A Student Developed Astrobiology Payload for Small Satellite Microgravity Research” Submitted abstract to the 2018 SmallSat Conference entitled (R Lyons, V Cross, C Cross, K Simmons, and D Platt) 2018

 

“BLUE-SKY Learning: the Wolverine CubeSat Development Team (2015-2020).” Simmons, Christenson, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Lift Off – Secondary Space Education Session, IAF Space Education and Outreach Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

“Lunar Dust Mitigation on Spacecraft in a Low Gravity Freefall Environment.” Dooner, Simmons, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Hands-on Space Education and Outreach Session, IAF Space Education and Outreach Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

“CapSat-1: Demonstration of a Novel CubeSat Electrical Power System.” Elhoushy, Simmons, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Educational Pico and Nano Satellites Session, 48th IAF Student Conference Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

“Primarily Igniting the Passion: STEM in Early Education, Christenson and Simmons.” 71st International Astronautical Congress, Ignition – Primary Space Education Session, IAF Space Education and Outreach Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

“Aerospace and Astronomy Advances by the Middle East.” Mayville, Simmons, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Scientific and Technical Histories Session, 54th IAA History of Astronautics Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

“Enhancing the STEM Pipeline – Using Public Policy to Promote Space Industry Access to a Highly Skilled Workforce.” Kiesling, Simmons, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Enabling the Future – Developing the Space Workforce Session, IAF Space Education and Outreach Symposium, Oct. 2020.

“OUTLAST-1: International Collaboration and Disruptive Education via PocketQubes.” Kimler, Simmons, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, New Worlds – Non-Traditional Space Education and Outreach Session, IAF Space Education and Outreach Symposium, Oct. 2020.

“AMARIS: Mitigating Dust Accumulation Using Electrostatic Forces and a Lithium ion Nanofoil Shield with Applications to Lunar Missions.” Cross, Simmons et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Moon Exploration Session, IAF Space Exploration Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

“AMARIS: A CubeSat Based Lunar Rover.” Abstract selected for Pre-Conference Workshop Poster Session and Competition, SmallSat Conference, Aug. 2020.

 

“AMARIS: Mitigating Dust Accumulation Using Electrostatic Forces and a Lithium ion Nanofoil Shield with Applications to Lunar Missions.” Cross, Simmons et al. Poster Session, Pre Conference Workshop, 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Mar 2020.

 

Submitted:

“CapSat-1: Testing the Voltage Efficiency of Capacitors Used to Replace Lithium-Ion Batteries as a Function of Time in the Space Environment” Elhoushy, Simmons, et al. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2021 SciTech Conference, Small Satellites – Education and Outreach, Jan 2021.

 

“CubeSats in Elementary Education: A Student Perspective.” Vaitsos, Strauss, Simmons, et al. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2021 SciTech Conference, Small Satellites – Education and Outreach, Jan 2021.

 

“SolarSat-1: Demonstration of a Revolutionary Propulsion System.” Mohanty, Purvis, and Simmons. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2021 SciTech Conference, Small Satellites – Education and Outreach, Jan 2021.

 

“Providing Hands-on Experiential Aerospace Training Opportunities for the General Public.” Mohanty, Simmons, et al. 71st International Astronautical Congress, Calling Planet Earth – Space Outreach to the General Public Session, IAF Space Education and Outreach Symposium, Oct. 2020.

 

Media Links:

WCDT Vision for STEM (video submitted as part of the NASA Final Report for WeissSat-1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yGinfNBZGg

“Middle Schoolers Impress with CubeSat Know-How.” Aerospace America Magazine, Making an Impact section, page 53, March 2020.