ITTC Project


Kansas Universities' Technology Evaluation Satellite--the MIST Mission

Project Award Date: 02-09-2005



Description

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.


Investigators

Faculty Investigator(s): (PI), Glenn Prescott


Project Sponsors


Primary Sponsor(s): NASA EPSCoR


Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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