Abstract Title

Project Hermes

Author Information

Michael CannistraroFollow

Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Daytona Beach

Authors' Class Standing

Michael Cannistaro, Junior Cody Eggleston, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Michael Cannistraro

Lead Presenter's College

DB College of Aviation

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Jennifer Smith

Abstract

In the last two decades, CubeSats and similar small form factor satellites have been growing in popularity. These small satellites can take on important science missions in Low Earth Orbit for a fraction of the cost compared to traditional satellites, and have been deployed to provide scientific studies, educational tools, technology demonstrations, and even commercial purposes. The main reason the Hermes team brought the idea of constructing and maintaining Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s first student-designed CubeSat, called Hermes-I, is to provide an educational tool and scientific studies related to today’s aerospace industry, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Smith. Dr. Smith is the technical advisor for the project to provide expertise and guidance. To succeed in this endeavor, the team is designing and building most of the CubeSat systems in-house, including the communications systems and onboard experiment. All essential hardware is being designed and manufactured on campus. In this proposal, Hermes reveals the payloads that will be flown onboard. The experiment being conducted on the satellite is a Radiation Shielding Experiment. The aerospace industry is always looking for the next best method to prevent radiation from interrupting the overall mission, be it a crewed or uncrewed mission. The Hermes team has a research plan to provide a counter towards radiation, including testing Lunar and Martian regolith simulants to provide better information into how to protect astronauts on future missions to the Moon and Mars. This experiment will allow the Hermes team to expand research and collect data on current issues in the Aerospace industry. The CubeSat will launch via a rideshare broker such as Spaceflight or Nanoracks or the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Program. Overall, the Hermes Project will be complicated and intertwined, but it is nothing that our members will not be able to handle with advisor support.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark, SURF, Research Abroad, Student Internal Grants, or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Project Hermes

In the last two decades, CubeSats and similar small form factor satellites have been growing in popularity. These small satellites can take on important science missions in Low Earth Orbit for a fraction of the cost compared to traditional satellites, and have been deployed to provide scientific studies, educational tools, technology demonstrations, and even commercial purposes. The main reason the Hermes team brought the idea of constructing and maintaining Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s first student-designed CubeSat, called Hermes-I, is to provide an educational tool and scientific studies related to today’s aerospace industry, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Smith. Dr. Smith is the technical advisor for the project to provide expertise and guidance. To succeed in this endeavor, the team is designing and building most of the CubeSat systems in-house, including the communications systems and onboard experiment. All essential hardware is being designed and manufactured on campus. In this proposal, Hermes reveals the payloads that will be flown onboard. The experiment being conducted on the satellite is a Radiation Shielding Experiment. The aerospace industry is always looking for the next best method to prevent radiation from interrupting the overall mission, be it a crewed or uncrewed mission. The Hermes team has a research plan to provide a counter towards radiation, including testing Lunar and Martian regolith simulants to provide better information into how to protect astronauts on future missions to the Moon and Mars. This experiment will allow the Hermes team to expand research and collect data on current issues in the Aerospace industry. The CubeSat will launch via a rideshare broker such as Spaceflight or Nanoracks or the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Program. Overall, the Hermes Project will be complicated and intertwined, but it is nothing that our members will not be able to handle with advisor support.