Team Avionics

Beckman High School


Oversees the electronics and sensor suite for controlling each flight. This includes the main computer and GPS navigation sub-system. The team assembles and tests the entire stack of onboard electronics, often with student-coded software. Lead by our two Beckman High School teachers Mr. Siu-Ling Sit and Mr. Siu Kong Sit.


Team Communications
Woodbridge High School

Controls all radio and optical-data flow to and from orbit. Their hardware includes a UHF radio card from Tyvak that is supported by Cal Poly SLO's ground station staff, an antenna from EXA, and a visible-violet LED based optical communications system mentored by Brown University's CubeSat (EQUiSat), Harvard optics researchers and the Fukuoka Institute of Technology CubeSat (FITSat-1) team in Japan. Many of the students have become licensed amateur radio operators, practicing communicating with older CubeSats already in orbit, and programming their "Comms" hardware for launch. They also oversee the government paperwork concerned with FCC and international licensing of the frequencies they use, as well as communication with other satellite operators.  Led by Miss Jennifer Blackie.

Team Power
Northwood High School


Is responsible for all solar panel and lithium battery array functions. This includes the wiring to power all systems on the CubeSat and the extensive ground testing of this hardware to characterize its performance prior to launch. The panels for battery and solar arrays are made by the Ecuadorian Space Agency (EXA) and directly supported by Astronaut Ronnie Nader. During flight, the team is responsible for battery charging management (which sets the limit on CubeSat operations), thermal/radiation effects with support from Montana State University, and handling the power budget for experiments or choreographed maneuvers.  Led by Mrs. Ibeth Jaime Aguilar.

Team Propulsion
Irvine High School


Handles the electric thruster and magnetorquers for moving and pointing the CubeSat, respectively. They plan these maneuvers using orbital simulation codes like the General Mission Analysis Code (GMAC) from NASA, compensating for subtle effects including stratospheric drag, lunar gravity, and sunlight pressure. The propulsion hardware is supplied by Accion-Systems. This team also prepares the de-orbit analysis for our launch permit paperwork and the end-of-flight process for safely disposing of the CubeSat, remotely monitoring its re-entry/burn-up over the Pacific.  Led by Mrs. Archana Jain.

Team Prime
University High School)


Is responsible for the primary scientific instrument for each flight. This includes the frame to support the instrument (connecting it to the rest of the CubeSat) and the government paperwork required to launch it. Team Prime also runs the final Orbital Operations (CONOPS) tests.  Led by Mathew Bell.

Team BioTech

Portola High School


is in the early stages of formation, but has ambitious plans to use NASA Ames experts in Biology-based space missions to study microscopy and genetics. This team will be responsible for the life-support system for sustaining bacteria and other micro-organism experiments in orbit, slated for a future flight concept payload. The team received a sample of sulfur bacteria from Cal State Long Beach, and is planning on sequencing its DNA at Zymo Research in Irvine. They are currently working on early study and prep work for culturing/sterilizing bacteria, and are exploring a fall project to have Irvine High create 3D print structures for cell growth at the high school.  Led by Ms. Courtney Donovan.