It's not every day you get to artisanally hand-craft a nanosatellite! That's exactly what we're doing for OreSat, Oregon's first satellite. OreSat is being built at Portland State University as a collaboration of Oregon universities and community colleges by a team of students, makers, and citizen scientists.
We'll discuss getting to space, orbits, the space environment, nanosatellites, and CubeSats. We'll discuss OreSat's mission to bring an innovative space-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational project to all Oregon high schools, and our mission to study the global coverage of "invisible" high-altitude Cirrus clouds. We'll wrap up with the technical details of how OreSat works, and how we don't end up become space junk. And in a true DIY spirit, we'll end with talking about how you might be able to get involved in hand-crafting Oregon's first satellite!
Andrew Greenberg is adjunct faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University. He helps students build rockets (psas.pdx.edu) and satellites (oresat.org). His day job is at the TOVA Company, where he leads a team developing a medical device that helps assess attention problems (like ADHD), and at APDM Wearable technologies, where he helps design wearable sensors to measure human movement. Andrew is reminded that he has a family, too, and he occasionally hurts himself doing Parkour or tripping over his two squirrel-sized dogs.