Past Missions

Project Sphynx

In late April of 2019, a home-built solar-oven housing a pizza,a gieger counter, and some sunflower seeds were sent aboard a payload along with two GoPros and Ardu4Cam. The objective of the mission was to check if we can cook the pizza in the solar oven, monitor the temperature inside the solar oven throughout the flight, and check the radiation level on the pizza while the payload was airborne. The GoPros and Ardu4Cam were attached to record the initial launch and the 4-hour flight.

Software & Payload Team Lead: Kartikey Pandey
Communications Team Lead: Peter Kroeger
Flight Systems Team Lead: Hunter


Project Coupari

In late April of 2018, a Radio Frequency (RF) meter was sent aboard a payload along with a PiCam and 360Fly camera. The intent of the project was to collect data on the levels of radio interference on available amateur frequencies and to take 360-degree photographs from the edge of space. The payload was located, but due to the nature of where it landed, it was unable to be recovered.

Software & Payload Team Lead: Scott Lanham
Communications Team Lead: Patrick Hodgson
Flight Systems Team Lead: Ian Wells


Project Snowshoe

In early April of 2018, a sensor suite controlled by a Raspberry Pi Zero measured the altitude, oxygen levels, pressure, radiation, and temperature in order to determine the effects of high altitude on the human body was sent 33km up in the atmosphere. An attached camera recorded the initial launch and part of it's journey through the atmosphere (find the footage on UC CubeCats Youtube page). A GPS tracking system along as the APRS network was used to locate and retrieve the intact payload.

Software & Payload Team Lead:Aaron Boyd
Communications Team Lead:Michael Rosen
Flight Systems Team Lead: Dustin Meyers


Project Toyger

In April of 2017, atmospheric radiation, photonic measurements, and panoramic photographs were taken using two Arduino Uno's during flight. Using APRS an approximate location of the payload was given and later retrieved.

Software & Payload Team Lead: Evan Smith & Henry Voss
Communications Team Lead: Amanda Moores
Flight Systems Team Lead: Jacob Kennedy & Evan Burwinkle


Project Maine Coon

In April of 2015, a camera controlled by a Raspberry Pi was sent into the atmosphere. A boom holding an OLED display extended from the payload to display names of UC CubeCats members in front of the backdrop of Earth. The tracking system utilized GPS and the APRS network. Unfortunately, rough weather conditions during the day of launch caused the payload to get lost in the hills of Virginia.

Software & Payload Team Lead:Michael Gyurgyak & Tyler Parcell
Communications Team Lead: Andrew Krew & Adam Herrmann
Flight Systems Team Lead: Rob Imhoff