Research in Engineering and Aviation

BillikenSat 1: First CubeSat Design at Saint Louis University


Author(s): S. Jayaram

“BillikenSat 1: First CubeSat Design at Saint Louis University”, 2006 ASEE Conference, Aerospace Division.´╗┐´╗┐


´╗┐Billikensat 1 is the first multi-disciplinary Senior Capstone Spacecraft Design project at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology involving Aerospace, Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate students. This project was initiated as a part of Senior Capstone Design course in August 2005. The fundamental purpose for the BillikenSat project is twofold. First, it will provide the participating undergraduate students with practical experience in the design and construction / integration of a real space mission. Second, it will reinforce interest and support for space mission designs within the Aerospace Engineering program, Parks College, and the broader Saint Louis University community. It also has the potential for outreach program at the K-12 level. This paper gives an overall view of the current status of design and implementation process of various spacecraft subsystems. This paper also discusses the multidisciplinary nature of the project, its relevance to ABET criteria, and the integration of undergraduate research opportunities.