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Ground Stations, CubeSat Buses, and CubeSat Launchers: Infrastructure Research (CNGB)

This Naval Postgraduate School will investigate the effort associated with the continued infrastructure research emphasizing CubeSat ground station systems, CubeSat buses, and CubeSat launchers. This supports DoD Space efforts in the emerging field of very small satellites. Infrastructure research is applied research and requires actual hardware and software at NPS and in the field for test and experiment. Specifically, the NPS research and development effort includes the Mobile CubeSat Command and Control (MC3) ground station network, CubeSat Next Generation Bus development, and the NPS CubeSat launcher system. The growing acceptance of the CubeSat, a very small satellite, as a means of accomplishing focused research objectives of national interest makes this project of great interest to the Space Systems Academic Group at NPS. NPS Space Systems Engineering and Operations students have the opportunity to participate in Directed Studies and Thesis research. The Space Systems curricula benefit from the opportunity to integrate laboratories which use active satellites in orbit and an active network of ground stations. In addition, this work supports the development of national capabilities in space to ultimately benefit the warfighter.
Space Systems Academic Group
Department of Defense Space