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Minority Serving Institution Faculty Development Program


Montana State University/College of Menominee Nation/JPL and Johnson Space Center A former president of the College of Menominee Nation rocketry club and a mentor to students at Wisconsin tribal colleges interested in space flight hardware development was in residence at SKC (Salish Kootenai College) learning about the BisonSat design and the development approaches used by the BisonSat team. He also made substantial contributions to the modeling of the thermal behavior of BisonSat, and helped BisonSat student team members with the design and construction of a torsion pendulum for measuring BisonSat moment of inertia tensor components and played a key role in helping develop the solar panel fabrication process we used for BisonSat and mentoring SKC students who performed the panel fabrication. Other tribal faculty members and students from the College of Menominee Nation participated in the summer workshop. The SKC CubeSat (BisonSat) team was notified in February 2013 that it was selected for manifesting on the National Reconnaissance Office L-55 GRACE mission scheduled for launch as early as December 2014, with CubeSat delivery to the launch provider required in June 2014 to support the December 2014 launch date, later delayed to September 2015. BisonSat has been completed and delivered to the launch provider. The outcome has been achieved. Many of the space flight hardware development that were performed by the BisonSat team were the first time these tasks have been performed at SKC, and so these experiences have significantly increased the capability of SKC to participate in or lead future space hardware development projects.

Angela C. Des Jardins, PhD, Science PI, Montana State University, Bozeman

Theresa Martinez, PMP, NASA Technical Monitor, Kennedy Space Center

Assembly of the BisonSat flight unit in preparation for bakeout and thermal vacuum testing. This work was performed in December 2014 at the Montana State University Space Science and Engineering Laboratory. Bakeout is one of the required procedures and tests needed to certify the satellite as safe for flight. BisonSat has been certified as flight ready and is awaiting launch on the NRO GRACE/ELaNa-12 mission in September 2015.

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