University of Hawaii

Electrical Engineering

Ho`oponopono 2: A Radar Calibration CubeSat

Date: 2014-11-14           Add to Google Calendar
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Holmes Hall 389
Speaker: Larry Martin, MSEE candidate, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Ho‘oponopono 2 (H2) – “to make right” in the Hawaiian language – was a small satellite, roughly the size of a loaf of bread, whose mission was to supplement the radar calibration capabilities of the US Department of Defense. This 3U CubeSat was designed, built, and tested by a team of University of Hawaii students at a cost of $220,000, and was one of a record-setting 29 CubeSats launched on November 19, 2013 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on a Minotaur 1 rocket as a part of the fourth manifest of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites Program, and as part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 mission.

This seminar will focus on the mission requirements and concept of operations of H2, as well as a technical description of each subsystem. A cost breakdown will be covered, along with the cost-saving strategies implemented by the team. Details on the fabrication, testing, and launch of the satellite will also be discussed.