United States Naval Academy Small Satellite Program
2000 Annual Conference Proceedings
This paper describes the United States Naval Academy's (USNA) Small Satellite Program. The program actively pursues flight opportunities for miniature satellites designed, constructed, tested, and commanded or controlled by Midshipmen. The Small Satellite Program provides funds for component purchase and construction, travel in support of testing and integration, coordination with DoD/NASA laboratories or universities for collaborative projects, and guides USNA Midshipmen through the DoD Space
... ough the DoD Space Experiment Review Board (SERB) flight selection process. The satellite development process is a multi-semester effort requiring the contributions of Midshipmen from several consecutive graduating classes. Senior students in our Aerospace Design course initiate the process in the spring semester with identification of the mission and determination of requirements, followed by development of the conceptual design. Students in subsequent classes will take the satellite through feasibility study, final design, construction, testing, and launch platform integration. Each spring, students in the design class begin the process anew with a new satellite concept, so that new projects are germinating to take the place of those that are coming to completion and awaiting launch. USNA-1 is a simple communications satellite designed to provide a space-based node to the Amateur Position Reporting System (APRS). Conceived by R. Bruninga of the USNA Satellite Ground Station (SGS), and operating in the amateur radio band, it will receive position and identification data from amateur radio operators participating in APRS, and them rebroadcast that data to the USNA SGS for integration into the APRS database.