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Jeremy Straub & Students, Monday, 8-10-15 August 10, 2015

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Jeremy Straub & Students, Monday, 8-10-15

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Guest: Jeremy Straub. Topics: UND Research Experience for Undergraduates Program with a focus on small spacecraft design software. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

 

We welcomed back Jeremy Straub with several of the student participants in this summer’s UND undergraduate research program for small spacecraft satellites. Jeremy was joined by Delia, Davila, Wentong Zhang, Samuel Jackson, Alexander Layton, Emily Jenkins, and Matthew Russell. During the first segment of our 82 minute program, Jeremy introduced us to students Samuel Jackson, Matthew Russell, Wanting Zhang & Delia Davila. Each student spent a few minutes going over their research project and interests. I’ve listed each student & their project in the bio section of this archive program but we did focus on issues dealing with cubesats and higher orbits with the need to deorbit them without causing debris. Neural networks were discussed along with adversarial examples and training problems using a grass and a cow as an example. Don’t miss this discussion. Samuel talked about cryptographic algorithms and picture encryption, then Matthew talked about the adaptive attitude control systems for a small satellite or cubesat. He said he was focusing on intrusion detection security for existing satellite security solutions. Jeremy added in details for each of the student research projects and tied the focus to smallsats, especially since all were attending this year’s SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah.

 

In the second segment, Alex Layton led off with his project to find new ways to measure distances with cameras using image processing techniques. He addressed X-Y coordinate issues and more. Emily focused her research on astrodynamics for maintaining orbits and deorbiting small satellites and cubesats from much higher altitudes such as 600 miles above Earth. She had much to say about cubesat orbits today and how they were evolving to higher orbits in a very short period of time. Throughout both segments, Jeremy and the students spoke about various NASA programs and funding opportunities, getting a launch and being placed on a ride share launch manifest. We also had quite the discussion on cybersecurity issues, at times comparing a cyber attack to a physical attack on a satellite. Don’t miss what Jeremy had to say on this subject. As our program was nearing the end, we talked about the SmallSat Conference this year, networking opportunities for the students and their future plans.

 

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Jeremy Straub through me and any of the students through Jeremy.

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1. J Fincannon - August 12, 2015

Sounds like the students are having fun.

Those neural networks are notoriously hard to train and validate. They are good at simple problems, but when things are too complicated you need too many neurons/connections.

It would be nice for them to look into power systems for the cubesats. They usually have little power, but with deployable solar arrays or maybe tether power, they can get more power.


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