Kansas Universities' Technology Evaluation Satellite--the MIST Mission
Project Award Date: 02-09-2005
In response to a request from NASA JPL for the development of miniature probes to be carried by a JPL-proposed solar sail mission, KU researchers developed the Mission for Inspection, Space environment, and Target-relay (MIST). Further collaboration with JPL showed the desirability of having the Kansas Universities Technology Evaluation Satellite (KUTESat) program flight test miniature technologies for NASA. One of the most difficult aspects of the KUTESat Program is the development and operation of a miniature maneuvering control system (MMCS). An engineering demonstration prototype of the KUTESat's MMCS will be built and tested in a neutral gravity environment by flying it as an experiment on the NASAJSC KC-135 or similar aircraft. It is envisioned to take several flights to adequately test the KUTESat in a weightless environment before committing it to a space flight.
KUTESat program is a collaboration between KU and Wichita State University (WSU). With the help and support of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium, KUTESat aims to promote interest in space activities at partner universities and at elementary and secondary schools in the state.
Faculty Investigator(s): (PI), Glenn Prescott
Primary Sponsor(s): NASA EPSCoR