August 10th, 2010
Lockheed Martin... An ALL-STAR Team (CubeSat)
Students from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) have teamed with Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] to develop a miniature satellite, known as ALL-STAR, which stands for Agile Low-cost Laboratory for Space Technology Acceleration and Research. The ALL-STAR program, designed to inspire and develop America’s future technological workforce, will provide students hands on experience in applying science, technology, engineering and math skills to building operational space systems. Lockheed Martin funded the program and company engineers from Sunnyvale, Calif., Palo Alto, Calif., Newtown, Pa., Albuquerque, N.M., and Denver are supplying their system engineering, program management and systems integration expertise to mentor the COSGC students as they design, develop, manufacture and deliver the CubeSat.
ALL-STAR, a three unit (3U) CubeSat bus with fully functional miniature subsystems, will be designed to support one year on-orbit operations for a variety of space-based research payloads. ALL-STAR will measure 10 centimeters by 10 centimeters by 30 centimeters, weigh approximately 4 kilograms (8.8 lbs), and operate on a power output similar to a night light. ALL-STAR will be the first in a new series of CubeSats developed by COSGC students, as the spacecraft bus will be reproduced and evolved to support future missions. COSGC, headquartered at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is a state-wide program that provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses and real-world hands-on satellite programs. COSGC involves 16 Colorado colleges, universities and institutions and is funded by NASA as part of National Space Grant Program.