Three undergraduate students selected as finalists for the 31st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites Frank J. Redd Student Competition

Three undergraduate students from Associate Professor Riccardo Bevilacqua’s Aerospace Design 1 course have been selected as finalists for the 31st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites Frank J. Redd Student Competition. Frank Rutherford, Erica Jenson, and Kieran Wilson’s paper, “Mission Concept and Design for the Orbiting Aerosol Observatory,” provides a preliminary design and analysis of a 6U CubeSat. The proposed satellite would be used to collect data on the types and concentrations of aerosols in the atmosphere, accomplishing the work of the failed Glory satellite operated by NASA. The students will travel to Utah State University for the Small Satellites Conference in order to present their paper and field questions regarding their paper from a panel of judges representing NASA, military academia, industry, and the international small satellite communities.