Our CubeSat program is comprised of 15 dedicated members working on two CubeSat missions, a ground station for communicating with furture CubeSat missions, and a Helmholtz cage for testing ADAC systems.
Scientists have identified various causes of coral bleaching including ocean temperature, carbonic acid concentrations, oceanic and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and catastrophic physical and weather related events. Even though there is extensive research into the effects of each of these, scientists still haven’t conducted one study to analyze all of these actions consistently over an extended period of time. The purpose of the ReefSat mission is to take high resolution images of corals along the Great Barrier Reef over the course of three years, track the rate of coral bleaching progression from these images, and then compare that to data collected from each of the above known bleaching causes.
The NASA SmallSat Technology Partnership program funds universities to raise the technology readiness level (TRL) of a piece of emerging space technology. The UC CUbeCats will submit a proposal once the 2017 request for proposals is released.
UC CubeCats has partnered with the UC Amateur Radio Club to renovate the UHF/VHF ground station on the roof of the Old Chemistry Building. Renovations will be completed by April of 2017.
The UC CubeCats are currently underway with the construction of a Helmholts Cage - a system capable of replicating the magnetic field of Earth while in orbit. Construction will be completed in April of 2017..